“For toddler Leyna Gonzalez, every day is a gift. ‘She’s perfectly normal, thank God,’ her mom Tammy says. Almost two years ago, that seemed like an impossibility. Doctors had discovered a tumor the size of a tennis ball on her tiny unborn baby’s mouth. Left untreated, the tumor could have taken Leyna’s life–or, at the very least, made her birth and early months very traumatic. Barely four months along, Tammy turned to surgeon Ruben Quintero for help. Together, they decided to take proactive measures and operate on the baby in the womb–who, at just 17 weeks gestation, was only about four and half inches long. It was the world’s first-ever surgery of its kind. ‘This was an opportunity to expand the field we have developed,’ Dr. Quintero said, ‘to treat birth de fects in utero.’ The procedure was a miraculous attempt to rescue this little life–and, to the relief of the Gonzalezes, it was completely successful.
Twenty months after her birth, all that’s left of Leyna’s tumor is a little scar on her mouth. Her heartwarming story is the subject of a new article in theAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Let me repeat, Leyna was only 17 weeks along–too young for the abortion lobby to even acknowledge her humanity–and yet doctors raced to save her. Would they have gone to all that trouble for a blob of tissue? Of course not. This was a living, breathing, heart-beating life. We praise God that Leyna is a healthy, happy toddler–and a living testament to the extraordinary dignity and personhood of the unborn.”