We are simply amazed at the story of a baby being born twice. LynLee Boemer was removed from her mother’s womb at 23 weeks gestation so that doctors could perform a life-saving surgery on her. She was then returned to her mother’s womb and carried to term, at which time she emerged from the womb a second time.
It’s a wonderful story of medical science being used the way it should be. Anyone with even a sliver of common sense can see by this medical miracle that LynLee was and is a human being. Her location (in or outside of the womb) should have no bearing on her preciousness and worthiness of protection. Sadly our laws and culture continue to spout “intellectual” distortions that explain away the humanity of all pre-born children. Isn’t it time that changed?
Read this powerful story below (reprinted from the Irish Mirror, October 24, 2016).
Baby was born TWICE after being removed from womb then reinserted for lifesaving operation
BY GEMMA MULLIN
Margaret Boemer was just 16 weeks pregnant when doctors discovered a tumour in the tailbone of her unborn third child Lynlee
Not everyone can say they have two birthdays a year but it’s something little Lynlee Boemer can be proud of when she’s older.
The miracle baby was born twice after after being removed from her mother’s womb at just 23 weeks for a lifesaving operation and then reinserted.
Margaret Boemer was just 16 weeks pregnant when doctors discovered a tumour in the tailbone of her unborn third child, known as a sacrococcygeal teratoma, during a routine scan.
At 23 weeks they noticed the tumour was almost the size of Lynlee and she was going into heart failure, leaving them with no choice but to operate.
“We knew that if we didn’t choose the option of emergency surgery that night, that within a day or so she would pass,” Margaret told Wate.com .
Speaking with CNN , she added: “LynLee didn’t have much of a chance. 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.”
She remained there while Margaret was kept on bedrest for another 12 weeks and she was born for the second time via cesarean section, weighing 5lb 5oz, on June 6 – when she was almost full term.
Margaret, from Plato, Texas, said: “It was her second birth basically.
“It was a relief to finally see her and to see that she had made it through after the open fetal surgery her heart had time to heal while I was still pregnant with her so she has no heart issues now and is just doing amazing.”
Sacrococcygeal teratoma is ‘the most common tumour seen in newborns’ according to Dr. Darrell Cass, who is the co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Centre where the surgery was carried out.
He added that the cause is unknown and though pretty rare, tumours occur in girls four times more than boys and are only seen in 30,000 to 70,000 live births.
When she was eight days old little Lynlee required another operation to remove small bits of the tumour surgeons were unable to reach the first time.
But now at four months, she’s making a full recovery at home with her family.