Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City successfully removed a giant tumor from a newborn baby.
Doctors at Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Tuesday they had successfully operated on a newborn baby boy with a huge tumor on his face, neck, and chest.
The boy’s mother is N.T.T.M. from southern Dong Nai Province.
During a routine ultrasound at six months of pregnancy, M. was informed by the doctor that there was a tumor in the fetus.
At 36.5 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors at Tu Du Hospital suggested that M. undergo a cesarean section because the tumor was getting bigger and posed a risk of bleeding.
The baby boy was born on November 15, weighing four kilograms and had a giant tumor on his face, neck, and chest.
This tumor compressed the boy’s trachea, making him unable to breathe.
Doctors managed to control the baby’s airway before transferring him to Children’s Hospital 1 for a surgery.
The surgery team of Children's Hospital 1 was able to remove almost the entire tumor weighing 1.1 kilograms when the baby was only three days old.
The operation, which took more than four hours, was highly difficult and required doctors to be extremely careful.
They were unable to remove the remaining 10 percent of the tumor and will inject drugs to make it degenerate.
The tumor was so large that the baby developed scoliosis in his mother’s womb.
Following the surgery, the medical staff began to conduct physical therapy for the baby.
The boy still needs to be on respiratory support but his vital signs are stable.
Doctor Dao Trung Hieu, a surgical consultant at Children's Hospital 1, said that he had never seen such a big lymphoma.
"Even the world's medical literature has not recorded any patient with such a big tumor,” Hieu elaborated.