Posted by David Elliots | October 27, 2016
One birthday was not enough for this new born who was born twice.
Just 12 weeks before she was born, Lynlee Boemer had to be taken from the womb for an operation after a life threatening tumor was discovered on her tailbone.
Lynlee weighed only 1lb 3oz when she was first taken out of the womb for the operation which lasted five hours long.
She was kept alive by a specialist during the operation whilst a doctor removed the growth from her tailbone.
Lynlee was born for a second time through cesearean section 12 weeks later and weighed 5lb 5oz.
Only 8 days into her life and Lynlee was back in hospital for another operation as bits of the tuomor had began to grow back.
The growth was removed a second time and with a successful operation she was allowed to go home several weeks later.
Mother of the baby, Margaret Boemer from Texas said: '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.'
A doctor named Dr Darrel Cass explained that although the tutor is 'pretty rare', teratoma is the most frequently discovered tumor in new born babies.
The decision to operate on Lynlee before her birth was made as the the tumor and heart were both competing for blood.
Dr Cass explained: 'In some instances, the tumor wins and the heart just can't keep up and the heart goes into failure and the baby just dies.'
Termination was another option but as Lynlee had a twin who had unfortunately not survived until birth, this option was passed aside.
'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 the body or giving her a chance at life.'
'It was an easy decision for us, we wanted to give her life.'