Born twice, a North Texas baby beat the oddsBy Jack Fink


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LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas baby girl was born in June… for the second time.

The first time came back in March, when doctors had to perform open fetal surgery to save her life. Now, four months later, her mother, Margaret Boemer calls her daughter Lynlee, “A huge fighter. That’s what I call her is my miracle fighter.”

Lynlee’s short life has been anything but easy.

Early in the pregnancy, in January, doctors discovered a tumor almost larger than the unborn baby that was stealing her blood supply and would eventually cause heart failure. In an ultrasound photo taken at 20 weeks, the large and growing tumor could be seen in the top left while the Lynlee’s head was positioned down.

Margaret Boemer says, “When Jeff and I first saw it at 16 weeks, it almost looked like a baby with two heads.”

The Boemers, who live in Lewisville found their doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston to perform the surgery.

They rejected other specialists who recommended they terminate the pregnancy. “There was no doubt for us to do whatever was possible to save her life,” said Lynlee’s father, Jeff.

Terminating the pregnancy simply wasn’t an option.

“We wanted to give her a chance at life no matter what, and if she didn’t make it and she passed than that’s what happens,” said Margaret.

Thus at the 23rd week of the pregnancy, doctors made an incision in Margaret’s uterus, and pulled out the little girl from her legs to her torso so they could remove as much of the tumor as possible.

During the five hour surgery, the baby’s heart stopped and she needed a blood transfusion. Margaret said she faced danger as well. “During the surgery, I could have had blood clots. I could have bled out, and my uterus could have ruptured.”

Margaret Boemer holds her daughter Lynlee.

Margaret Boemer holds her daughter Lynlee.

Boemer and her daughter made it through thanks to their gifted, yet humble doctors.

“They give all the glory to God. They’re just the hands and feet and the tools and so, we’re so thankful for everything they did,” said Boemer.

But after the surgery, the couple faced other challenges. Boemer was placed on bed rest and stayed with her mother at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, which was ten minutes away from the hospital.

Her husband stayed in Lewisville during the week and brought his daughters to Houston on weekends. They have three other children, a son now in college, and two daughters ages two and 9.

The Boemers said they are thankful for modern medicine, and their own determination, and faith. Last year, Margaret had a miscarriage.
When she got pregnant again, the Boemers were excited to hear they were having twins. But after complications, one of the twins died during the pregnancy. Their ordeal is one of the reasons they refused to give up on little Lynlee.

“We prayed a lot and had a lot of friends, family, church members who prayed with us and miraculously, everything turned out great. She’s a real miracle,” said Mr. Boemer.

Lynlee was born by C-section at 36 weeks, one week shy of what’s considered full-term. Doctors still had to remove part of the tumor.
The couple said she may have to have reconstructive surgery in her lower back and bottom area. Lynlee will need regular check-ups at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, too.

While insurance covered the surgery, the Boemers faced a high deductible and many living expenses. Click here to donate to their GoFundMe page.

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