Medical miracle: Infant thriving after being 'born' twice

A year after officially arriving into the world, a little girl who was “born” twice is now thriving, thanks to modern medicine.

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Last year, surgeons removed Lynlee Hope from her mother's womb at 23 weeks after a sonogram revealed the unborn child had a massive tumor at the base of her spine.

“It almost looks like there's a whole other head,” mom Margaret Boemer told Inside Edition. 

The enormous tumor was still growing and doctors gave the then-expectant mom a grim diagnosis that the baby might not make it due to the size of the tumor. 

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An Oklahoma couple says they first thought a strange rash on their son’s skin when he was two weeks old was eczema. When it became more severe, doctors diagnosed him with an extremely rare disease.
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The tumor, known as a sacrococcygeal teratoma, was diverting blood from the fetus, raising the risk of heart failure.

It was such a crisis that surgeons couldn’t wait and had to perform the surgery straight away.

The baby's chances were 50/50 when the team at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston carried out the five-hour life or death operation. 
 
The baby was outside the mom's body for a full 20 minutes and weighed just 1 pound 3 ounces as the tumor was removed. The fetus was then gently tucked back into the womb.

Three months later, Lynlee was born by cesarean section, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces.

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Now, more than a year later, the toddler is thriving and her mother is noting how intelligent her daughter is. 

“She loves to run and walk, which is a miracle itself,” Boemer said. “She is an amazing joy.”

The future is bright for a happy little girl who gets to celebrate two birthdays a year.

“She can do whatever she puts her mind to,” Boemer added. “The sky's the limit.”

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