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Special Delivery: EXIT Procedure

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Posted 3/4/2015

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In July 2010, several dozen doctors, nurses and other medical professionals gathered in two operating rooms at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Their mission was to safely deliver Haylee Hanson. During a routine prenatal ultrasound, doctors discovered Haylee had a tumor growing inside her mouth; a tumor that could keep her from breathing when delivered. Her doctors decided they had no other option but an EXIT (ex utero intrapartum treatment) procedure. Maternal - fetal medicine specialists delivered Haylee partially via c-section, and then neonatologists and ENT specialists worked to get a breathing tube down the baby's throat to establish an oxygen path. Doctors involved in this procedure say it went as well as could be expected. The tumor was removed four days after Haylee was born and proved to be benign. Now her family is looking forward to going home from the hospital with their new and healthy baby girl.

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