Mum Proves doctors Who Told Her To Abort and Start Again Wrong

A mum who was told to abort her daughter and 'start again' by a doctor when her unborn child was diagnosed with a rare tumour has proved medical experts wrong - as her beautiful daughter is thriving.
Mum Proves doctors Who Told Her To Abort and Start Again Wrong

Wendy Wong, 41, from Newcastle, England, says medics told her that her daughter had been conceived with a 'bad egg' when she was diagnosed with a Cycstic Hygroma - a condition that causes the build up of fluid-filled cysts - before birth.

Her daughter Savannah was born with a tumour on her neck the same size as her head.

But after successful treatment, Savannah is now a healthy and happy five year old.

Wendy, and husband Alex, 38, who live in Nevada, USA, are sharing their story to show parents that Cycstic Hygroma - which is estimated to affect one per cent of newborn babies - is a manageable condition.

Cystic Hygroma is a collection of fluid-filled sacs, or cysts, that result from a malformation of the lymphatic system, usually detected before birth.

“When I was 22 weeks pregnant I saw a doctor who told me there was a lump on my baby’s neck and he would need a couple of weeks to do some research on what it could be,” mother Wendy Wong recalled.

“He made us sit for two weeks, when we went back to the doctor and he told me to abort our baby at 24 weeks, and that we could 'start again.'

"I told him that I could feel her moving inside me; there was no way I could go through with a termination,” Ms Wong said.

“He said there’s two options, I could class the baby as a bad egg, or go through with it and she’ll either die inside me after birth or on the operating table.

Mum Proves doctors Who Told Her To Abort and Start Again Wrong
                                 This is the girl in the middle now doing well

The brave decision to keep their unborn baby

The parents did some research and sought a second opinion.

"We saw another doctor who told us that he'd seen much worse cases than ours, so we were determined to fight it,’ Ms Wong said.

“There are a lot of single mums and families that think they can’t have a baby with this condition and I want to tell them that this condition is manageable and to look at my daughter for proof.”

After two months in hospital, Savannah could go home due to an experimental drug called Sirolimus, a liquid based oral medicine which is added to Savannah's milk which drains the cysts in her body.

Savannah celebrated her 5th birthday on June 24, 2019, and is thriving.

The condition occurs in one percent of births and if detected too late can end in only a 10 per cent chance of survival.

In Savannah's case, the tumour that grew on her neck was at first believed to of been operable but after being born, on day two after being born, she was diagnosed with Cystic Hygroma and has defied the doctor that told her parents that she was a "bad egg".

After just a month, Savannah was back at home with her family and has since grown up to be a perfectly capable little girl.

According to the National Cancer Institute, Rare tumors can form anywhere in the body. MyPART is studying tumors in several different body systems.

What are rare bone tumors?

Rare bone tumors include cancer of the bone and cartilage. They get more specific names depending on where they are located in the body.

What are rare soft tissue tumors?

Rare soft tissue tumors form in the body’s soft tissues such as muscle, fat, tendons, ligaments, lymph and blood vessels, nerves or other tissue that connects and supports the body.

What are rare digestive system tumors?

Rare digestive system tumors form in organs that are important for digesting food and drinks, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas.

What are rare endocrine tumors?

Rare endocrine tumors form in glands or in cells that produce hormones, like thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, and cells in your pancreas.

What are rare vascular tumors?

Rare vascular tumors form in cells that make blood or lymph vessels. They can occur anywhere in the body, such as the skin, in the tissues below the skin, or in an organ.


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  1. My daughter had the same and underwent successful treatment. She just turned 15.