Lynlee Boemer is home and doing great!
Lynlee Boemer is going to have the best “Fun Fact” when she’s old enough for camp, because this little girl was born twice! When complications arose at week 24, her parents, Jeff and Margaret, elected to have a very risky surgery to save their baby, which involved removing the fetus from her mother’s body, then returning it to the uterus to be carried to full-term and born again.
When Margaret Boemer went in for a routine doctor’s appointment, she had no idea her baby girl would become a medical miracle. At Margaret’s week-16 checkup, doctors noticed a rare condition in the fetus—a type of tumor called a “sacrococcygeal teratoma.” Often, this sort of tumor can be removed after the baby is born, but for baby Lynlee that wasn’t the case…
A Tough Call
The tumor was diverting too much of her blood flow away from baby Lynlee’s heart, weakening her to the point that she probably would not survive to term. The expectant parents were faced with a decision: do nothing and hope that Lynlee could be carried to term, or remove the baby from Margaret’s womb and have doctors perform a procedure to remove the tumor, and then return her to her mother’s uterus.
The Boemer family mulled it over, but by 24 weeks Lynlee was close to cardiac failure and it became clear she would not make it without surgery. Margaret was rushed in for emergency surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The doctors explained during an interview with CNN that they did the risky surgery because they “‘wanted to give [Lynlee] life.”