Arthur Fountain's life was saved in the womb when doctors operated to remove an orange-sized tumor on his neck, which would otherwise have suffocated him.
"If we had delivered Arthur normally or by a Caesarean section, it would have been very likely that he would have died immediately," said Saurabh Gandhi, an obstetric consultant and sub-specialist in fetomaternal medicine at the Jessop Hospital, Sheffield.
AdvertisementThe tumor was found on routine scan. The parents of the boy, Michelle and Matthew, were told of his condition after more detailed scans revealed that he could not be born naturally. The surgery to remove the tumor involved 10 specialist consultants and overall had 25 staff members in attendance.
"Every day I look at him and can't believe we've come home with him," says a relieved Mrs Fountain. The boy was delivered through special surgery and then was whisked away for a four hour operation to remove his tumor.