Baby Born with Giant Tumor? Plus, Man Survives a Shocking Spear Fishing Accident

Baby Born with Giant Tumor? Plus, Man Survives a Shocking Spear Fishing Accident


So a baby in Chicago was born with a five inch growth on her neck, the growth grew so large it was bigger than the baby’s head. You see this picture here. Really scary, obviously the baby’s parents learned about this growth in utero via ultrasound, but there was nothing that could be done until the baby was born. So imagine this scenario. You’re a parent saying, “What the hell?” They thought it was initially a cystic hygroma, but it turned out to be a teratoma. So, a congenital, benign tumor, but the problem here is the size of this thing sitting on the head and neck, obviously compromising the neck, the airway, the baby’s ability to breathe. That had to come out. Yeah, and so, they actually diagnosed this when the baby was 20-weeks-old by ultrasound, and they just followed it because they thought it was a cystic hygroma, which is a block in the lymphatic system and they thought it was just going to accumulate fluid. When the baby was born they had a team of 40 doctors assembled to handle this, rushed this baby into surgery, found out it was a benign tumor called a teratoma, thankfully not cancerous, and this baby, yeah.
(audience clapping) And thankfully, if you look at this picture, the baby does have an airway. Thankfully they were able to secure an airway because that growth is so large and in an area that could so easily constrict the airway that thank goodness this all turned out the way that it did. And, that is truly a what the health, we’re just very happy that she is on–
Baby’s good. Bella Rose is on a full way, her full way to recovery. (audience clapping) That story has a happy ending, but what about this next one? We have a diver who ended up spearing the wrong fish. Connie Hallowell was spearfishing when he set down his speargun, a wave came by, pushed that gun against some reefs, it triggered and it shot him right in the head. It went in below his right eye and came out in front of his left ear, Drew has a demo here to show us, y’all see that right? You see that spear heading through his head? So it went in right below his eye here, so going through his maxillary sinus on that side. We see it exiting in front of his ear, like so. So either it went– He got lucky! He was so fortunate! I mean this– Missing the orbits, so missing the eyes, going either above or below the cheekbone on this side, missing his jawbone on this side. And the most amazing thing is this happened while he was out in the water, so he got himself to shore and then at shore, smartly they left it in place, but they did saw off the edges for better transport. Surgically able to remove it, his vision, everything’s fine! Yes, believe it or not this gentleman is fine. (audience clapping) You talk about being lucky! He didn’t dodge a bullet, he dodged a spear! But I think that it’s a good point, in the case of emergency, that if something ever lodges in you not to remove it. I think that was the really smart thing they did because had they pulled this out he could have very easily bled, even though no major structures would have been destroyed he would have bled out. He is so very lucky to be alive. And we hear that the food at this hospital, tremendous as well. And look, look at his smile! He missed his facial nerve. Look at his– Everything’s fine! Yeah, unbelievable.
His bite looks like it’s normal, I mean, it’s a miracle that he– I think the most impressive thing, though, is in those pictures, give him credit. He was calm and cool as a cucumber. And you have to be that way in this situation, because if you panic and you start pullin’ on that thing more damage is going to be done.
I just wouldn’t wanna, don’t show me a picture if I have a spear going– I mean, what’s crazy is I keep looking at this and I keep thinking that some (laughs) someone, somewhere who is into piercing is like, “Hm, how can I do this?” I certainly hope not. I hope not as well.

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