POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:50am
Risky procedure used to deliver baby with dangerous tumor.
A risky procedure was completed successfully for the first time at Omaha's Nebraska Medical Center in July.
On Tuesday doctors and the parents of the baby that was saved shared their amazing story.
A team of 34 doctors worked on the procedure, called "EXIT" or an ex-utero intrapartum treatment.
The team partially delivered a baby girl who had a tumor in her mouth through C-section.
Doctors were concerned the tumor would keep her from breathing on her own, but months of planning paid off and resulted in a healthy baby.
They began planning the delivery when Megan Hanson was just 22 weeks pregnant and an ultra sound revealed the problem.
"They found a mass that appeared to be close to the lips and possibly involving the airway for baby Haylee," said Dr. Teresa Berg, a maternal-fetal medicine doctor at the Nebraska Medical Center.
"It was quite the pregnancy, go from excited that our baby's finally going to be here, but yet scared to death because we don't know what's going to happen," said Megan.
During the delivery, dozens of surgeons, doctors, and nurses filled the operating room.
First Haylee's head was exposed, but she remained connected to her umbilical cord, and her mother's oxygen.
Then doctors established an airway, and finished the delivery.
"If she hadn't been born under these controlled circumstances and there was a delay in getting the airway established, Haylee would have been at risk for things like cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, and possibly even death," said Dr. Ann Anderson-Berry, a neonatologist.
Haylee's benign tumor was surgically removed days later.
Dan Hanson says to see all the medical professionals who helped his daughter is overwhelming.
"There was a lot of emotions, and also there was a calmness about us, that we were presented with, we have to thank the Lord above for that and confidence in all the doctors and the team that was around us," he said.
Haylee is doing well.
She will undergo more surgery in the months ahead to repair the roof of her mouth, where the tumor was removed.
For now, the focus is on something else.
"We're just anxious to get her home and start our complete family," said Megan.
The exit procedure is very uncommon.
Only about 100 cases have been documented in the United States.