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Baby Has 2-Pound Tumor Removed to Reveal Face

Baby Has 2-Pound Tumor Removed to Reveal Face

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Jose Pagliery / The Miami Herald

May 31, 2009

Eight days after Jordan Jamal Smith was born in March, his mother still couldn’t see his face.

The bulbous, 1.8-pound mound of liquid and tissue protruding from the newborn’s mouth covered his eyes and nose, his cheeks and forehead.

It had nearly killed him in the womb and threatened his life during his birth.

But two University of Miami doctors executed a carefully crafted plan, preventing the tumor from killing baby Jordan in the womb or during his birth.

And in the weeks that followed, Kimberly Robinson was able to hold — and eventually see — her son for the first time, an experience she later called her baby’s continuous ``rebirth.’’

‘’The first time I saw him, I was only able to see his chin,’’ she said Wednesday, carrying in her arms a healthy 2-month-old boy without a blemish on his radiant face.

It was late October, during a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment, when Robinson and the ultrasound technician next to her noticed something odd on the screen. The 17-week-old fetus inside Robinson had an abnormal shape on its face.

‘’I thought he was sucking his thumb,’’ Robinson recalled.

Suffocation Risk

Doctors soon discovered it was a rapidly-growing tumor, which sprouted out of the baby’s mouth like a large, inflated balloon. It would soon prevent him from swallowing amniotic fluid, which could cause Robinson’s uterus to swell and give birth prematurely.

She was told the tumor, an epignathus teratoma, would likely suffocate the baby after birth. If the child was lucky enough to survive — and he would probably not — he would likely be mentally disabled. Abortion, doctors told her, would only expedite the inevitable.


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    tropigirl23

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    cograts and god bless baby Jordan and the whole Robinson family for keeping god in everything u do

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    cherrikam

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    My heart goes out to u and family,God had a plan from day1, And your son is a blessing in your life, If u believe in GOD all things are possible!!GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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    prisca

    about 5 years ago

    58 comments

    Thanks to God's work through these dilligent doctors,its wonderful!

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    Trkrantz

    about 5 years ago

    44 comments

    What a great story!!! Congratulations Robinson on the birth of a beautiful healthy son!!!

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    healthcarefome

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    What a beautiful testimony!! My heart is touched by the great works of our Father!.

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    Emmatol

    about 5 years ago

    186 comments

    Yeah, it's God @ work! this is great, congratulations Robinson.

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    Belhie

    about 5 years ago

    12 comments

    Who said doctors were Gods? Never place hope on them. Believe, believe and believe. Nothing beats hope and true determination.

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    Kathyla

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    So very many times doctors give advice to abort and it is just not necessary. God is so good! I hope this little one grows up to do many wonderful things.

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    nursepatrice

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    God is so good! Glory to his wonderful, precious name. Truely, truley, truley worthy to be praised. So worthy,so worthy. I cant stop writing or crying. He is just so good. How can you not serve Him! How can you not praise Him! How can you not worship Him! He is so very worthy to be praised!! THANK YOU LORD FOR EVERYTHING.........the good, the bad, and the ugly!!!!!!

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    nursepatrice

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    The bible says " Trust the Lord in ALL thy ways. Lean not unto your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge HIm and He shall direct your paths." God is the worker of All miracles. I thank God for your stregnth and obediance. May He continue to bless your family. Amen!

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    evabattles

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    God had his hands all in this situation. This is truly a miracle and continue to hold on to your Pentecostal background, for we are "People of the Name". Stay encouraged!!

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    marleneK

    about 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Oh, I have tears running down my face as I type,You are a strong woman in your belief in God,because no matter who you talked to before, it came down to what you felt in your heart and your trust in God .My prayers to you and your family, and Jordan you are here because you are suppose to be here,we may not know the reason now, but eventually we will.

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    Shannonfarrell

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    God is wonderful! What brave and skillfull doctor's and nurses. This child is a miracle, and he has a beautiful mother.

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    nurse_923

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is an incredible, uplifting story. :) Great way to start my day...

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    Rita2009

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Only through GOD'S Grace and Mercy... MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND JORDAN AND KEEP ALL OF YOU IN HIS CARE, AMEN, HALLEUJAH....I like the name Jordan which is my last name....JORDAN IS THE NAME OF THE RIVER JESUS WAS BAPTIZE IN...AMEN

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