Mother refuses to give up hope after a shocking ultrasound

When 39-year-old Tammy Gonzalez from Miami went to have a routine checkup during her pregnancy, she was not at all prepared for what she was about to see on her ultrasound. There on the screen was something that looked like a large bubble coming from her unborn child's mouth.

After analyzing it, the doctors did not have good news: it was a teratoma, a very rare and usually deadly tumor which only occurs in 1 out of 100,000 pregnancies. The tumor was in the baby's mouth and according to the doctors, she would most likely die. Even if she survived, she would have to undergo a tracheotomy and numerous subsequent operations. After informing her about all the complications that could arise, Tammy's doctors advised her to terminate the pregnancy.

But Tammy was not about to give up on her child and refused to abort. She insisted that there must be something the doctors could do. She started doing some research and finally discovered that the tumor could be removed by endoscopic surgery. Tammy ignored the risks that the doctors had mentioned and in May 2010, Dr. Ruben Quintero successfully removed the tumor from the baby’s mouth while she was still in the womb!

The only thing left to do was wait for the birth and five months later, on October 1, 2010, little Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez was born! And best of all she was completely healthy. Tammy believes that the doctors who operated on her are saviors. Tammy couldn't be more proud when she talks about her daughter, “She has a tiny scar on the roof of her mouth. She talks, she drinks. She is my little miracle child.”

Today, five years later, Leyna Mykaella is still perfectly healthy and enjoying a happy childhood thanks to her mother, who refused to give up hope. Someday, she will understand just how special her mom really is.




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