Doctors Save Unborn Baby’s Life by Operating on Her Lung

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2013   |   3:51PM   |   Denver, CO

A precious baby named Lake Annabelle Hall would not be alive today had her parents not had physicians given her an operation in the womb. The little girl is now 5 months old but she may not have made it that far had it not bee for an operation at Children’s Hospital of Colorado, here doctors operated on a cyst on her left lung before she was born.

Samuel Armas is one of the most famous children to have had a pre-birth surgery — because the picture of him grasping the doctors’ finger with his little hand became an international sensation — but surgery on unborn children is more common than many people think.

An AP report has more on this particular spectacular surgery, which saw Hall “partially born” in order for physicians to do their work:

Doctors pulled her halfway out of her mother’s womb, leaving her connected to her the umbilical cord and placenta, which served as life support for her while a team of 43 doctors and nurses operated on her.

She is now 5 months old after the medical procedure for a rare condition that saved her life. Dr. Timothy Crombleholme performed the surgery just before Lake’s birth Nov. 6, and last week, Lake’s parents got the all clear from Crombleholme.

“No more surgeries,” said Lake’s mother, Savannah Perry of Lafayette, Colo.



“Lake is a normal, healthy, young baby girl just like any other baby born without any issues,” added Lake’s father, Erik Hall.

Pioneered in the 1980s, the so-called “exit procedure” and other pre-birth surgeries used to be done only a handful of times per year at major hospitals. Now, specialty centers such as the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital perform pre-birth surgery dozens of times a year.