Tammy Gonzales from Miami, USA, was in her 17th week of pregnancy when the doctors discover something unusual in her ultrasound: it looks as though the unborn baby is blowing a bubble from it’s mouth. The peach-sized form however, is a teratoma, a very rare tumour, which is comprised of different tissue. The doctors advise her to terminate the pregnancy early, otherwise there is a very high chance of miscarriage. There was one other option however: an endoscopic operation to remove the tumour while the unborn baby is still in the mother’s stomach. This type of operation had until now, never been attempted.
But Tammy wants to do anything she can to bring a healthy child into the world. Two weeks later the surgeons undertake a procedure in which the mother will remain conscious throughout: through a tiny cut in her stomach, the medical team insert a minute camera and remove the tumour from the cleft palate of the unborn child with a laser. 5 months later, Tammy’s healthy daughter, Leyna, is born!
Tammy couldn’t be more thankful to the surgeons that successfully executed this experimental operation. Leyna has since become a lively child, that you wouldn’t realise had experiences something so dramatic before she was even born. “She’s doing wonderfully”, said mother Tammy Gonzales. “She only has a small scar on the roof of her mouth. She talks, she drinks. She is my little wonder child!”
Could there be a more beautiful happy ending than this story with a happy, healthy child? Other than a tiny scar, Leyna has no damage or disability from her operation. If you were also moved by this story of the unusual ultrasound, then share it will all of your friends!