Baby With Large Tumor on His Chest Saved After Mother Rejects Doctor’s Abortion Advice

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2015   |   1:05PM   |   Oakland, CA

A little baby boy is alive today thanks to his mother’s instinct to not take his life in an abortion even though doctors said he had a large tumor growing on his chest.

Angel Gomez is now 4-weeks-old but he almost didn’t make it because an ultrasound scan before birth showed he had a large tumor growing on his chest. His mother’s physician suggested an abortion but rejected that idea and decided to get a second opinion.

She went to Lucile Packard Children’s hospital in Palo Alto where doctors encouraged Yessenia to continue with the pregnancy despite the risk.

Not only did Angel survive the pregnancy, he survived surgery to remove the tumor shortly after he was born. The mass has now been removed from his chest and Angel now has a strong appetite and is growing stronger every day.


Yesenia Torres talks more about how everything unfolded:

“I was 21 weeks pregnant, And they said it was better to terminate,” Torres told KPIX 5.

Torres’ doctor said her baby would not survive because a large mass growing in its chest would make breathing impossible. But she refused to accept that.

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“I thought I would get a second opinion,” Torres said.

Torres came to Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where the staff agreed to try to save Angel.

“Given the space-occupying lesion of the tumor, I wouldn’t think the baby would be able to survive,” said Dr. Jane Chueh, the hospital’s director of prenatal diagnosis.

As soon as Angel was delivered in one operating room, he was rushed into another. There, surgeons opened Angel’s tiny chest and removed the mass before he ever took his first real breath.

The operation worked and today Angel is happily breathing on his own, but he wouldn’t be if his mother hadn’t had the courage to question a doctor’s decision.

“It is hard. But I said, it can’t be possible, you know, doctors also make mistakes,” Torres said.