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Mon Feb 14, 2022, 04:48 PM

Unborn baby undergoes heart surgery in womb after doctors detect tumor

Samantha Custer and her husband Dave were faced with one of life’s greatest obstacles and then one of life’s greatest gifts just weeks apart.

In an article published by the Cleveland Clinic’s Newsroom, Mrs. Custer explains she was 25 weeks pregnant, nearly two months away from her due date, when doctors informed her she would have to undergo surgery to save her unborn baby’s life.

The Custers were frantic as everything up until that point had gone smoothly with the pregnancy.

In speaking to Newsroom, Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of the clinic’s Fetal Surgery and Fetal Care Center explained: “What we saw was a very large tumor, and this tumor was sitting exactly in the wrong area, where it was squishing the left side of the heart.”

According to Cass, the Custers needed to move quickly to save their son.

“We felt probably the best treatment – if we were going to do anything – would be to try open fetal resection of this tumor,” Cass told Newsroom. Days later, he found himself prepping Mrs. Custer for surgery with the help of his team.

https://www.wate.com/news/watercooler/unborn-baby-undergoes-heart-surgery-in-womb-after-doctors-detect-tumor/
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Stuff utterly unheard of when I had my kids......

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 05:08 PM

1. Procedures like this might have saved my own tiny son, but it was,

like you said, unheard of when he was born. At that time ultrasound was new science and not routinely performed.

I'm so happy that this story had a good ending.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 06:23 PM

5. I'm so sorry you have a story with a sad ending.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 08:49 PM

7. ***




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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 05:12 PM

2. What an astonishing story. They didn't say the tumor was benign, although they

apparently got all of it. Glad it had a happy ending for them.

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Mon Feb 14, 2022, 05:16 PM

3. One of the fascinating things about fetal surgery, besides...

…just the fact that it is possible, is that the babies often heal with no scars because fetal skin heals very efficiently.

How cool is that?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 05:40 PM

4. Amazing! Nt

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon Feb 14, 2022, 08:48 PM

6. Years ago I read that spina bifida (?) could be dealt with the same way. It's astonishing ...

… and heartwarming and such good news for parents.


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