Especially considering the patient was just a blob of tissue.
According to CBS Saramento:
A first-of-its-kind surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had a happy ending just in time for the holidays. Doctors are celebrating a successful fetal surgery on a baby boy while he was still growing inside the womb.
Bobby Angeles and Khae Saetern named their little boy Matthew, which means “a gift from God.” It’s a fitting name when you consider the loss they’ve experienced and the loss they almost faced.
In the last three years, they’ve dealt with infertility, miscarriages, a baby girl who was stillborn. Then their unborn son had a serious condition that threatened his life. “Every moment, I am thinking when I’m driving, ‘Please God. Just take care of my son. Please God,’” Angeles said.
Matthew Tobias Saetern-Angeles was not expected to make it. But now two months later, he’s sporting a hearty head of hair and sleeping like a champ. “We just wanted to scream down the hallways, we’re going home! we’re going home! In the car, we took a picture of each other with the baby. We’re on our way home, this is really happening,” Angeles said.
While still developing in the womb, Matthew was diagnosed with hydrops, which creates excess fluid in the chest. The options for the soon-to-be-born baby boy seemed to be beyond the scope of modern medicine.
That’s when doctors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital stepped in with a suggestion that was both high risk and high reward. “Everything happened so fast, so you really don’t have time to digest everything,” Saetern said. “We had our concerns and we had our questions, but ultimately, we left it to the doctor to decide what was in the best interest of the baby and my health.”
At 32 weeks, doctors made a small incision in Saetern’s stomach and used a catheter to drain the fluid from Matthew’s chest, completing the hospital’s first successful fetal surgery. “Without that procedure, who knows where we’d be right now?” Angeles said.
The couple says the best part of bringing Matthew home is being able to put him in his crib. They’ve had a nursery decorated and ready to go for quite a few years and now they can finally use it.
In case we needed it, this medical breakthrough reminds us that the recently passed law in Ohio that prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is long, long overdue.
And I can’t wait to hear how CNN’s resident imbecile scientist, Chris Cuomo, gets all intellectual sounding (you know, cuz we need to be able to measure brain waves and little non-science stuff like heartbeats shouldn’t be the basis.) Idiot. Abortophile.
Buy, hey Chrissy, if we require brain waves, who’s going to fill your slot on the news?