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Baby Operated On Inside The Womb Survives

Fri, February 7, 2014 3:03pm EDT by 2 Comments
Baby In Utero Surgery
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Sarah Rollins was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors told her that her daughter would be born without a diaphragm. But baby Hope’s life was saved thanks to an experimental in-utero surgery — despite there being only a 10 percent chance of survival.

Sarah Rollins went to the doctor for what she thought would be a normal 20-week ultrasound, but she was told that her baby girl was developing without a diaphragm and might not survive past birth. Sarah and her husband, Luke Rollins, opted for a risky in-utero surgery to help reverse their baby’s condition, and it ended up saving her life.

Baby’s In-Utero Surgery — Child Survives Lung-Saving Procedure In Womb

Sarah and Luke were shocked when they were told the devastating news that their baby had developed a condition known as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which causes the internal organs to press against the lungs.

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“I went for my scan thinking everything was going to be fine and then the doctors started whispering,” Sarah said, according to MailOnline

The couple decided to proceed with an experimental surgery that had to be performed while their baby was still in the womb. Doctors placed a balloon into the baby’s windpipe in hopes that it would prevent amniotic fluid from leaving her body, and help her lungs fully develop.

Even though there was a 90 percent chance that the surgery would result in a miscarriage, Sarah couldn’t bear the thought of terminating her pregnancy.

“They told me and Luke that our baby was unlikely to survive. We were offered a termination. It was absolutely horrendous,” she explained. “I had to give our baby the chance of life, however small that was.”

Rollins Family On Baby: ‘She’s A Miracle’

The Rollins family hoped that their baby girl would survive the surgery, and when she did, they had the perfect name for her: Hope. Sarah and Luke’s little girl is nearly one year old now and is happy and healthy.

“She is a miracle in every sense of the word, when I think she was only given a 10 percent chance of survival,” Sarah said. “We are very lucky to have our gorgeous daughter — we savor every moment.”

We are so happy to hear that Hope is healthy! HollyMoms, what do you think about this incredible story? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Sabina Young

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