It was because of her condition that LynLee had to be born twice so as to give way to her operation. Her mom first delivered her when she was into her 23rd week of pregnancy, and later on her 38th week.
LynLee’s mother, Margaret Boemer, learned through her routine medical check up that her 16 weeks unborn child was suffering from Sacrococcygeal teratoma, a life-threatening medical condition that’s eating up the last disc in one’s spine.
What is Sacrococcygeal teratoma?
According to the Texas Children’s Hospital, Sacrococcygeal teratoma is a type of tumor that’s common among developing children affecting their coccyx, or the tailbone. Although it is the most common tumor affecting the developing fetus, it’s an extremely rare condition affecting one in every 35,000 births.
After realizing the severity of her condition, the doctors attending to LynLee’s mother decided that she be operated. Her scan showed something serious and that the condition was serious, the CNN reported.
“They saw something on the scan, and the doctor came in and told us that there was something seriously wrong with our baby and that she had a sacrococcygeal teratoma. And it was very shocking and scary, because we didn’t know what that long word meant or what diagnosis that would bring,” the Boemer was quoted as saying by the CNN.
Boemer’s pregnancy with LynLee wasn’t an easy one considering the limited options she had at that time. So basically her doctors have laid down all the possibilities, but these did not hinder her to go for the fetal surgery, an extremely rare operation with minimal success rate, considering the age of the fetus at 23 weeks.
“LynLee didn’t have much of a chance. At 23 weeks, the tumor was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumor to take over her body or giving her a chance at life. It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life,” Boemer said.
The 20-minute surgery went well that aimed at removing the tumor that has gone nearly bigger than the fetus. They waited and waited for miracles then weeks and months have passed. Until Boemer rallied support from her families for the child and completed the 38-full term pregnancy.
She delivered the 5-pound and 5-ounce bouncing baby girl via the C-section on June 6. LynLee underwent several surgeries after getting born, but the medical team was successful in removing the remaining tumor.