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Baby ‘Born’ for the Second time After She was Removed from the Womb for Surgery & Put Back In



Lynlee Hope | Credit: BBC

Lynlee Hope | Credit: BBC

A baby girl, Lynlee Hope, from Lewisville, Texas, has been “born” for the second time after she was taken out of her mother’s womb for life-saving surgery, the BBC reports.

Her mother, Margaret Hawkins Boemer, when she was 16 weeks pregnant, discovered that her daughter, had a tumour in her spine.

Lynlee was removed from her mother’s womb (when the mother was 23-weeks pregnant) so that doctors can successfully remove a tumour – sacrococcygeal teratoma – from her spine.

She was put back in the womb afterwards.

Lynlee weighed just 1lb 3oz (0.53kg) when surgeons opened the womb.

The tumour  was diverting blood from the foetus, risking a fatal heart failure.

Boemer had originally been expecting twins, but lost one of her babies before the second trimester.

Doctors at Texas Children’s Fetal Center suggested the risky surgery after Boemer was advised to terminate her pregnancy

The tumour and the unborn baby were almost the same size by the time the operation was performed. Lynlee was given a 50% chance of survival.

“At 23 weeks, the tumour was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumour to take over her body or giving her a chance at life. It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life,” Boemer had told CNN.

Doctor Darrell Cass of Texas Children’s Fetal Centre was one of the team who carried out the surgery.

He said the tumour had been so large that a “huge” incision was required to reach it, leaving the baby “hanging out in the air”.

“Lynlee’s heart virtually stopped during the procedure but a heart specialist kept her alive while most of the tumour was removed,” he added.

A Nigerian doctor, Oluyinka Olutoye, who was a co-surgeon in the operation also told CNN that he had performed the same operation once before, seven years ago, and the girl is “completely normal”.

The team then placed her back in her mother’s womb and sewed her uterus up.

Boemer spent the next 12 weeks on bed-rest, and Lynlee entered the world for the second time on 6 June.

She was born via Caesarean at almost full term, weighing 5Ib and 5oz, and named after both of her grandmothers.

When Lynlee was eight days old, a further operation helped remove the rest of the tumour from her tailbone.


  1. deelamz

    October 25, 2016 at 8:59 am

    wow!.. Thank GOD

    • Uberhaute looks

      October 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thank God for giving human kind the knowledge of science.

  2. N. M.

    October 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

    God is awesome.

    • Bimbo

      October 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

      The doctors are awesome ! Go and heck how many kids are born with deformities in sub- Sahara Africa where there are basically no hospital facilities and tell me where you have seen God perform an operation on any child ?

    • Mohammad

      October 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Science really is awesome! If it was simply a god that did this, why is this god so partial that he only works his miracles, or transfers his blessings using people that only use logic, rational and progressive arguments and are usually atheists? Why does he not simply use any old person- educated or not- to work his “miracles” like the days of old (i.e. those lie-lie scriptures that have no evidence)? You would have thought that in this age of social media, some miracles would have been captured by our modern recording equipment.

      The truth is that most of the miracles performed in the holy books will be viewed with suspicion by you religious types if someone were to claim that they happened today. Just like Abraham/Ibrahim would be locked up (and rightly so) for the attempted murder of Isaac/Ishmael..

  3. bruno

    October 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

    of cause u people will say ur god is awesome, when all the work was done by courageous doctors and nurses. u religious people are delusional.

    first of all why did ur god allow an unborn child to start growing a tumour on her spine?

    scientists will soon find the cure to hiv and u silly religious people will come and say it is ur god that gave them the cure. pls stop it.

    if this child was cured in a place of worship then it was ur god that did it but if this child was cured in the hospital tgen it is science that did it.

    • Bimbo

      October 25, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Westerners have built a decent society through hardwork and maximising human resources. Africans only know the God that was forced on them by the same Europeans to sap them of commonsense. We have failed utterly in every sense of the word – to cure the slightest headache we need to fly abroad yet our people still insist God cures! If God cures why do our people rush abroad to cure ailments? I thought God was everywhere? Or is he not in Africa?

    • Right

      October 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

      A courageous doctor who was created by God. So we thank God all the same.

  4. Wale

    October 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Bruno?….. For a sensible life , please shut your gutter called mouth up!…..

  5. Annie

    October 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Bruno, are you an atheist? If yes, then you are free to see this the way you want.
    But to a majority of human race(now, I do not mean religious people, I mean true Christians and Muslims, Hinduists, etc), we believe there’s a supernatural being who created all things and takes care of all things, gives wisdom to even scientists ,and who allows certain things to happen in order for His name to be glorified.
    I stand with those people and I can testify that indeed, there’s a creator, a God who oversees all things and most scientists have testified to that too.
    But again, its a free world. We are free to believe what we want to and shouldn’t be castigated for it

  6. Rowland Osahon

    October 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

    We should not fail to mention that one of the lead doctors for the surgery was Dr Oluyinka Olutoye. Dr Olutoye is a pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center

  7. Victor Adegoke

    October 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This is God,whatever Bruno and his atheists friends thinks,it is immaterial

  8. A

    October 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

    BN why didn’t you credit the Nigerian doctor that carried out the surgery? Every other news article did.

  9. EbonyFre

    October 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Jesus is Lord.
    God is good

  10. Favor

    October 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

    God ist he the only giver of talent and wisdom.GOD CURES.AWESOME GOD! YES, JESUS IS LORD.

  11. Loki

    October 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Well…this is probably the only person that the world can truly call “born again” and mean it literally…. Nicodemus, take note.

  12. Amaka

    October 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    What if the mother was a Christian and she also prayed for the doctor. Why I we so quick to remove God.

    • Mohammad

      October 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Because all we know is that the doctors performed the surgery.
      As a parallel, what if the mother is an Soponna worshipper and performed the requisite sacrifices for her child?; or what if she is an atheist? Why are we so quick to add a god?

    • molarah

      October 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Why is the addition of a God peppering your body? Thank whomever you want to thank and move on. This bile you atheists store up against a God you claim is a figment of imagination is beyond wonderment.

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