Medical center performs life-saving 26-week fetus surgery to remove rare heart tumor – Boston News, Weather, Sports

CLEVELAND (WHDH) – A multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses have performed a rare and complex surgery to remove a tumor attached to the heart of a 26-week-old fetus.

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio performed the procedure in May in which they partially removed the fetus from the mother’s womb, opened the fetal chest, removed the tumor, closed the fetal chest, and placed the fetus back in the uterus. , the advertised medical center Last week.

“I am very proud of our talented Congenital Heart Surgery and Fetal Surgery teams who have integrated seamlessly to successfully perform complex, life-saving fetal surgery,” said Darrell Cass, MD, Director of the Surgery Center Fetal and Fetal Care from the Cleveland Clinic. “This tumor was growing quickly in the wrong place. It was compressing the fetal heart, causing fluid to build up, and we started to see signs of deteriorating heart function. We had to act quickly and decisively to save the fetus.

Mother and fetus recovered without complications, and on July 13, at 36 weeks and two days, a baby boy delivered by Caesarean section.

Both mother and baby are said to be doing well.

A healthcare team will continue to monitor the baby’s heart health and check for signs of tumor recurrence.

Going forward, the Cleveland Clinic says the child will likely need surgery to reposition their sternum that hasn’t healed properly in utero.

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