Baby Lake doing fine 5 months after exit procedure
Associated Press – 3 hrs ..
DENVER (AP) — Lake Annabelle Hall wouldn't be alive today if doctors at Children's Hospital of Colorado hadn't operated on a cyst on her left lung before she was born.
Doctors pulled her halfway out of her mother's womb, leaving her connected to her the umbilical cord and placenta, which served as life support for her while a team of 43 doctors and nurses operated on her.
She is now 5 months old after the medical procedure for a rare condition that saved her life. Dr. Timothy Crombleholme performed the surgery just before Lake's birth Nov. 6, and last week, Lake's parents got the all clear from Crombleholme.
"No more surgeries," said Lake's mother, Savannah Perry of Lafayette, Colo.
"Lake is a normal, healthy, young baby girl just like any other baby born without any issues," added Lake's father, Erik Hall.
Pioneered in the 1980s, the so-called "exit procedure" and other pre-birth surgeries used to be done only a handful of times per year at major hospitals. Now, specialty centers such as the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital perform pre-birth surgery dozens of times a year.
In Lake's case, Perry's doctor discovered an abnormality during a routine 20-week visit during her pregnancy. Crombleholme examined Perry and soon realized that it was a lung cyst that would keep her from breathing as soon as Lake was born.
"You could push air in, but it wouldn't come out," Crombleholme said. "She wouldn't make it out of the delivery room."