Texas resident Keri McCartney was 23 weeks pregnant when she, her husband and their four kids went to the obstetrician’s office for an ultrasound. They went as a family to find out the new baby’s sex — but what was supposed to be a day of excitement and joy quickly turned into a nightmare that would require Keri to give birth to the same baby twice.
That day, doctors discovered a mass the size of a grapefruit growing on Keri’s unborn baby girl. The tumor was full of blood vessels and stealing blood from the baby. While it wasn’t cancerous, it was still very deadly. The doctors had never seen anything like this it; it’s an occurrence so rare it only happens about one in 40,000 births. The McCartneys sought help at the Texas Children’s Fetal Center for a risky prenatal surgery. Keri’s baby had less than a 10 perfect chance at survival, but it was her only hope.
Surgeons removed the tumor, cut into Keri’s abdomen and pulled out her entire uterus and half of the baby’s body — without disturbing the placenta. “We don’t bring the whole baby out of the womb because we don’t want the uterus to think the pregnancy is over and the baby’s coming out,” says Dr. Olutoye. Once the tumor was removed, the baby was placed back inside the womb. Everyone prayed the pregnancy would last so the baby could officially be “born twice.” What happened next is nothing short of incredible, and it’s something everyone should see.
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