Saylor Thomson: Australian hospital saves ‘miracle baby’ born with tumor double her size

Saylor Thomson

Doctors have dubbed a three-month-premature baby with a tumor twice her size a “miracle.”

Saylor Thomson was born in August at Mater Mothers’ Hospital, weighing 1,025 grams and sporting a two kilogram tumor growing from her tailbone.

The baby’s parents were told at their 20-week scan that their daughter had a 25-40% chance of survival.

Saylor Thomson: Australian hospital saves ‘miracle baby’ born with tumor double her size

Just minutes after she was born, a team of 25 surgeons began a six-hour operation to remove the sacrococcygeal teratoma from her tailbone, a condition that affects one in every 40,000 live births.

Two months on, Saylor the “miracle baby” has made a “fantastic recovery” and is growing stronger by the day.

Professor Saliesh Kumar of the Mater maternal fetal medicine unit, who assisted in Saylor’s delivery, said the tumor was the largest ever removed from a baby of her size at Mater Mothers’.

“We don’t know why the tumor grows, but it arises from embryonic germ cells and is four times more likely to occur in female infants,” he said.

“Saylor’s tumor was extremely large and very complex. The tumor extended into her pelvis and abdomen.

“Many of these babies do not survive the pregnancy … These tumors function like a large vascular shunt causing a lot of blood to return to the heart. In some babies … heart failure occurs.”

Mother Rachel said their daughter was a “strong-willed little fighter.” She was finally able to hold her daughter ten days after giving birth.

Saylor Thomson: Australian hospital saves ‘miracle baby’ born with tumor double her size

“When the social worker and surgeons first gathered to tell us she had little chance of making it due to prematurity and the tumor, I cried hysterically,” Thomson said.

“But being able to hold Saylor in my arms and know she has come through the other side is something special.”

Mater neonatologist Dr Richard Mausling said the expertise and skill of the Mater team was the reason the baby was alive.

He said Saylor had gone from “strength to strength” and had gained weight since her birth, and is now almost three kilograms.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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