Doctors have successfully operated to remove a benign tumour that was forcing this baby’s eye out of its socket after numerous hospitals had refused to help because of the risk.
The newborn, treated at the Third Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University in South China, was diagnosed with an orbital lymphangioma shortly after birth.
The benign and rare congenital tumour was pushing his left eye out of its socket, leaving him with a walnut-sized bulge.
He was admitted to the facility at just 19 days old, after having been turned down by various other hospitals due to his young age, the hospital reported last month.
While the tumour carried no cancer cells, it reportedly grew rapidly. Medics needed to urgently remove it in order to preserve the boy’s eye left.
After receiving consent from the boy’s parents, the hospital scheduled what it said was a critical surgery lasting just 10 minutes on 6th November.
In a minimally invasive procedure, a team of microsurgeons made a small incision in the back of the boy’s eye and aspirated the fluid-filled sac of the tumour.
The hospital said the “successful” procedure brought much relief to the boy’s mother and father, who knew the operation was the only chance to save their son’s eye.
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