Baby born twice...what date would you class as her birth date???

June 12, 2008 2:51pm CST Four months into Keri McCartney's pregnancy, doctors spotted a tumor growing on the baby's tailbone - a rare and, in Macie's case, fatal condition striking one in 35,000 babies The McCartneys found Texas Children's Fetal Center on the Internet - one of only a handful of hospitals in the world performing prenatal surgery. The tumor was stealing blood from Macie, weakening her heart. So, at 25 weeks, surgeons cut into Keri's abdomen, pulled out the entire uterus -- and then half of Macie. The tumor was the size of a grapefruit. "I felt like, 'whoa, this is huge,'" a surgeon said. "I mean, my hands are big and that tumor filled my hand." Surgeons carefully cut away the non-cancerous tumor, monitoring Macie's heart and pumping saline into the womb where the other half of her body was tucked inside. Once free of the tumor, Macie was placed back in the womb, where she recovered and grew for a record 10 more weeks. Aside from this scar on her backside, Macie is a strong newborn with a healthy future. Now, 14 weeks later, she's finally going home to Laredo Saturday.
3 responses
@kezabelle (2985)
12 Jun 08
I would use the date she was born on at what 35 weeks? That was actually the day she was born and made to take her first real breath when she first was held in her mothers arms thats her birthday. It truely is amazing though what they can do now a days for babies thats a fantastic story x
12 Jun 08
I would class the second as her birthdate as she was only 'half born' the first time as only part of her was released so they could get access the area they needed!! It is amazing what they can do now!! Its great that she lives to tell the story, can you imagine, she'll be the envy of her friends!! She made headlines before she was born!!! lol
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14 Jun 08
Well, the way I see it is that the correct birthday is when she can come out for good, lol. And when she can be held. I'm glad that everything worked out okay for the baby. And for the mother on that note. It's always nice to hear procedures like this that succeed. It's also nice to know that tumors can be detected so clearly and then quickly removed.
@gemini_rose (16194)
12 Jun 08
I have said this before when I have heard stories similar to this, but it is absolutely amazing what they can do to save peoples lives. I mean an unborn baby for goodness sakes, being operated on and still goes on to be born healthy. These surgeons, doctors everyone that works in that profession are amazing in what they can do now. What a story they also now have to tell their little one when she is growing up. Fantastic, I love it.