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Doctors Save Baby In Utero with First-of-its-Kind Surgery

Doctors Save Baby In Utero with First-of-its-Kind Surgery

When Tammy Gonzalez went in for an ultrasound at 17 weeks, doctors discovered a tumor the size of a tennis ball growing on her unborn baby's mouth (visible in the image to the left). Chances were slim that the baby would survive. But Gonzalez was eventually offered the option of in utero surgery — an unknown path since this particular operation had never before been performed.

A team of doctors at Jackson Memorial Hopsital in Miami, FL were able to successfully remove the tumor using an endoscope and an ultrasound. Today 20-month-old Lyna Gonzalez is a perfectly healthy toddler, with only a tiny scar on her mouth to indicate that she had the first surgery of its kind.

Watch the video below to hear her mom's moving tale.

Image Source: CBS Miami

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CindyJackson72211 CindyJackson72211 5 years
this is awesome glad they were able 2 do this b4 she born!!! thank god 4 technology!!!
PartheniaJasper PartheniaJasper 5 years
What doggone difference does it make what the baby is? Right about now, it is an alive BABY thanks to doctors effort's and God******** Silly ppl, spend yor time talking about something that makes sense!!!!!!!!!!
LeslieHarvey83902 LeslieHarvey83902 5 years
No Sabrina, it's SCIENCE. Humans ARE mammals, which makes our unborn offspring (viable or not) fetuses.
JaymeBozik JaymeBozik 5 years
Great Article and amazing what the doctors were abled to do!
SabrinaDrover SabrinaDrover 5 years
Thats your opinion bett. Since a fetus is a mammal offspring, you must have been born by a whale....just sayin.
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