Surgeons have saved the life of baby boy who had a large tumour by operating while he was still in the womb. Arthur Fountain would have suffocated if the orange-sized growth in his neck had not been removed. Doctors at the Jessop Hospital delivered Arthur’s head and shoulders only so he could get oxygen from the placenta while they performed a tracheotomy to get a tube into his throat to help him breathe.
Arthur was then delivered and whisked away for an operation lasting four hours to remove the tumour, which was found to be non-cancerous. Both mother Michelle, 38, and her boy had been put under general anaesthetic. The baby boy survived the high-risk procedure and went on to spend several weeks on a ventilator in intensive care.
He has since made a remarkable recovery and is now four months old.
Michelle, from Wortley, near Sheffield, said: ‘Every day I look at him and can’t believe we’ve come home with him. ‘He’s a very happy and contented baby which is amazing after all he’s been through. The care and support we received was fantastic, we were treated like royalty and we are both doing very well now.’ Doctors decided on the operation after a routine pregnancy scan found the growth on the front of his neck.
Parents Michelle and Matthew, 36, were referred to the hospital for more detailed scans. Experts realised if Arthur was born naturally he would not survive because the tumour was blocking his airway. Michelle, who also has daughters Harriet, 10, and Lottie, seven, said: ‘Hopefully, Arthur’s tracheotomy tube will be taken out before his first birthday and he will have no lasting damage which is incredible considering the size of his tumour.’
The operation to deliver Arthur was planned with military precision, involving 25 staff and including 10 specialist consultants. The risk was both mother and baby could have suffered life-threatening complications. Saurabh Gandhi, an obstetric consultant at the Jessop Hospital, said: ‘These tumours are rare, they occur in around one in 50,000 births. ‘If we had delivered Arthur normally or by a Caesarean section, it would have been very likely that he would have died immediately.’
life-saving – életmentö
partly – részben
womb – méh
surgeon – sebész
to suffocate – megfullad
orange-sized – narancs nagyságú
tube – csö
to whisk away – elvisz
cancerous – rákos
anaesthetic – érzéstelenítö
high-risk – nagy kockázat
royalty – királyi
growth – daganat
airway – légút
life-threatening – életveszélyes
rare – ritka
Caesarean section – császármetszés
Idioms and expressions
doctor someone up
to give someone medical treatment, especially first aid
doctor’s orders something
that one is strongly advised to do as ordered or as if ordered by a doctor.
just what the doctor ordered
exactly what is required, especially for health or comfort.
someone who gives a twisted or deviously deceptive version of an event. (Usually in the context of manipulating the news for political reasons.)
You’re the doctor
Inf. Fig. You are in a position to tell me what to do.; I yield to you and your knowledge of this matter.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. (old-fashioned)
something that you say which means eating an apple every day will keep you healthy