Surgery Saves Unborn Baby’s Life, Cyst Would Have Killed Her at Birth

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2013   |   4:24PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

Baby Lake is now 11-months-old but she would not have survived long after the birthing process had it not been for a skilled team of doctors who were after to save her life with a surgery beforehand.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Colorado had to half deliver Lake at 36 weeks and keep her attached to the placenta to remove the cyst. Now, she is doing amazing and is learning to walk and will not have any lasting effects from the surgery.

From a local news report with more on Baby Lake:

“We were 20 weeks pregnant and we had just our regular check-up ultrasound,” Savannah Perry said. Every expectant mother’s greatest fear is when a problem appears during an otherwise normal pregnancy.

“We didn’t even know if she was going to survive. They did another ultrasound about a week later and at that time they said it looked like there was a cyst inside of her lung,” Savannah said. A non-cancerous, cyst was growing next to her unborn baby’s left lung.

“I think there was a significant risk once she was delivered. She was fine in utero, but once she was delivered, we were asking the lungs to support her.  It just wouldn’t have worked.  So, we knew we had to come up with a separate strategy,” Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, Fetal Surgeon, Surgeon-In-Chief, Children’s Hospital Colorado, said.



Surgery in the womb is becoming more and more commonplace and LifeNews profiled one amazing case here. The surgery on unborn child Samuel Armas more than a dozen years ago received international attention thanks to the amazing picture of Samuel grabbing a doctor’s hand during the surgery.

From Wisconsin comes the story of Elijah Leffingwell. Doctors gave little Elijah only a 50% chance of survival after April Leffingwell’s first 20-week ultrasound first revealed a macro-cyst. A surgery has given the little guy a new lease on life.