Prenatal surgery at 17 weeks saves Miami girl’s life

In May 2010, fetal surgeon Ruben Quintero and Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos operated on Tammy’s baby in utero. Using an endoscope guided by ultrasound they performed a first of its kind surgery and removed the tumor from the fetus’ mouth.

The surgery was performed in the 17th week of the pregnancy and Tammy, who was under local anesthesia, was awake during the procedure.

“This is what happens when we allow ourselves to focus on the unborn baby as a patient and person – extraordinary, life-saving medical procedures …”

Read this remarkable story.


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