A team of doctors in Slovakia managed to save the life of a newborn during childbirth by removing a neck tumor that threatened the baby’s life.
The procedure was performed by a team of doctors at a hospital in Bratislava last Wednesday.
According to local media reports, the extensive tumor was diagnosed before the child was born. Doctors were concerned that the tumor was pressing on the newborn’s neck, which could lead to a swallowing disorder and also suffocation.
“With a compressed breathing tube, there is a risk that the baby would not be able to breathe after birth. Ten minutes without breathing can have fatal consequences for a newborn,” the University Hospital explained, according to the Slovac Spectator.
Doctors said the unidentified mother had a large amount of amniotic fluid in her uterus, which led to its discharge prematurely.
Several teams of doctors were part of the delivery in case an opening of the breathing tube was needed.
“During the C-section, the newborn was delivered without cutting the umbilical cord, so there was no risk of suffocation. The respiratory tract of the newborn was secured by inserting a tube,” the hospital explained.
Doctors cut the umbilical cord and completed the C-section, according to Dobrenoviny.
The child’s condition was later said to be stable. The newborn was then transferred to the intensive care unit awaiting further procedures.
Last month, a baby born with four hands and four feet in China underwent a surgery to remove the extra limbs. The child was diagnosed with a parasitic fetus. The medical professionals at a hospital in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province, performed the surgery to remove the fetus that was attached to the newborn’s body. Two months into the pregnancy, the mother found out she had two fetuses were “stuck” together in her uterus. The parasitic fetus had no head and heart, but limbs.
“We believed that as long as the operation was performed, the baby could live like other normal children,” Mao Jianxiong, deputy director of the first department of general surgery at the hospital, said. The surgery took more than three hours, following which the parasitic fetus was entirely removed from the baby.