Fetal Surgery Removes Grapefruit-Sized Mass (Sacrococcygeal Teratoma) From My Unborn Daughter

Ultrasound of Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT) tumorMy husband, Chad, and I were so thrilled to learn the sex of our 5th child, but when the image on the screen caused the technician to fall silent, that excitement quickly changed to fear. The ultrasound revealed a grapefruit-sized mass, called a Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT), on our daughter’s tailbone. This type of rare tumor, present in only 1 of 35,000 pregnancies, was drawing on her blood supply and would ultimately lead to heart failure.

Our baby’s odds of survival were less than 10%. We were completely heartbroken.

Our best hope was a surgery available at Texas Children’s Fetal Center. Unfortunately, only a few operations of its kind had ever been performed or even been successful, but we were determined to do whatever it took.

On February 28, 2008, surgeons opened my stomach, partially removed my 25-week-old daughter, and cut away most of the tumor in a single 4-hour procedure.

Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT) tumor survivor Macie McCartneyTen weeks after the surgery, our sweet daughter Macie Hope McCartney made her 2nd appearance into the world, this time via C-section. Weighing in at 6 lbs, 1 oz., Macie was a healthy baby girl.

It was no coincidence we gave her the middle name of Hope.

Macie was discharged from Texas Children’s Hospital in June 2008 and joined our 4 other children at home in Laredo, Texas. Besides the small scar on her tailbone, Macie shows no signs or indications that she endured such a life-threatening experience.

She is a thriving, playful 4 year old, and we are grateful for every day with our miracle little girl.Former Texas Children's Fetal Center Patient, Sacrococcgeal Teratoma (SCT)


About Keri McCartney, Mother of Patient

I am the proud mother of a wonderful family.

Macie, my 5th child, was diagnosed with Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT) during a routine ultrasound. Thanks to the surgeons at Texas Children's Fetal Center, she is alive today.

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3 Responses to Fetal Surgery Removes Grapefruit-Sized Mass (Sacrococcygeal Teratoma) From My Unborn Daughter

  1. Jennifer Williams says:

    What an amazing story! I love Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! They are the best hospitals in the country!

  2. Hilda valencia says:

    What an amazing story thanks to all the care of the doctors and team involved. She is a beautiful young girl.

  3. Chas says:

    The Lord sure does work in mysterious ways..

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