Miracle Baby Born Twice

It may sound unusual, but Macie Hope McCartney was born twice. The baby, who is now one month old, was returned to the womb after surgery, only to have a second arrival 2 months later.

Keri McCartney was  23 weeks into pregnancy when an ultrasound scan revealed the fetus had a non-cancerous tumor. It was the size of a grapefruit, almost as big as the fetus itself.
Normally a tumor like this remains small and can be treated after birth, but this was not the case for little Macie Hope. It grew rapidly and was threatening the baby’s life as it was stealing nourishment from the fetus. Surgery was the only option. Doctors put Keri into deep anesthesia to completely relax her womb and extracted about 80% of Macie Hope’s body, leaving only the head and upperbody in the womb. Then they quickly removed the tumor and put the fetus back, since exposure to air could provoke cardiac arrest. This part of the four-hour-long procedure lasted about 20 minutes.
The choice of the middle name for Macie Hope turned out to be quite fitting. Ten weeks later on May 3 she had her second birth. The girl still has a large scar on her bottom, which surgeons say can be removed when she is older. In every other regard she is a perfectly healthy baby.
The head of the operation team said a surgery like this has been successfully completed fewer than 20 times around the world.

One Response

  1. Isn’t that dog a pit bull? How can you display photos of crazy/psycho dogs on your blog? Pit bulls are a menace to our society! Pit bulls are NOT man’s best friend!

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