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Mom Sees Baby ‘Blowing Bubble’ On Ultrasound, Doctor Urges Her To Abort Immediately

As a mother went to the doctors for her routine ultrasound, she noticed that her baby was "blowing a bubble". However, the doctor informed her of some shocking news, urging her to abort. She decided to make a decision that you have to see to believe.

Tammy Gonzalez was happy about having a daughter, however her excitement would quickly turn into terror and heartbreak once she went in for a routine ultrasound. As she was in the doctor's office, it appeared that her baby was blowing a bubble. As Tammy looked back and forth between the ultrasound monitor and the technician’s shocking stare, she realized that something was wrong, very wrong. 

“Is that on me or the baby?” the concerned mother asked, pointing to a mass resting on her unborn baby’s mouth that resembled a bubble on the screen. Soon, doctors broke the news that it was a teratoma, a large tumor made of different types of tissue, ballooning from the soft palate of the 17-week-old fetus, ABC News reports. Things only got worse from there.

“They told me that type of tumor can grow so fast,” Tammy recalled. “I said, ‘There must be something we can do.'” But, her doctor felt it was hopeless, telling Tammy that she should consider terminating the pregnancy. If she didn’t, there was a looming risk of a miscarriage. And, if by some miracle her daughter did survive, she would require several surgeries, Tammy was told.

But, Tammy could already feel her daughter kicking in her womb, so the thought of an abortion emotionally devastated the mother. She couldn’t bring herself to do it. Instead, she decided to turn to Jackson Fetal Surgeons for a second opinion. There, she met with Dr. Ruben Quintero and Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos. Little did she know then, those two doctors would become her daughter’s saviors.

To her relief, Tammy was told there was another possibility. But, it had never been done before. The doctors suggested they attempt the first ever endoscopic surgery of its kind, using a laser to cut the tumor and remove it from Tammy’s daughter’s mouth — all while the baby was still in the womb.

“I said, ‘I want to do this,'” Tammy recalled. “Let’s do this.” So, two weeks later, Dr. Quintero, the director of the Fetal Therapy Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and a world-renowned fetal surgeon, operated on Tammy’s daughter in utero. With the help of Dr. Kontopoulos, Dr. Quintero inserted a tiny camera and surgical tools through a quarter-inch incision in Tammy’s growing belly.

As the doctor entered the amniotic sac with his instruments, the mother laid awake, watching the procedure, which was guided by ultrasound. “I couldn’t feel the incision because of the local anesthetic, but I could feel the tube going into the sac,” Tammy said. “It felt like a popping balloon.”

With the camera inside the mother’s womb, Dr. Quintero was able to get a closer look at the tumor and gauge the risk of cutting it off. “It was a decisive moment,” explained Dr. Quintero, who is also the director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We went ahead and cut the stem, and sure enough the tumor fell right out.”

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