The ultrasound showed nothing of what the doctors expected, but the doctors later found out what was going on.
Francesca Tomlimson, was 12 weeks pregnant when she went for a routine ultrasound, which only allowed her to see her daughter’s hand. Without understanding anything, then the doctors discovered what was almost completely covering the baby.
As reported by Up Social Francesca, she said that “Gracie-Jane was hiding behind a cyst the size of a soccer ball.”
According to the Manchetser Evening News, the doctors left her with the tumor inside while it continued to grow. The tumor grew in such a way that it ended up strangling Francesca’s right ovary, causing her tremendous pain and taking her breath away.
Finally, due to the diagnosis and the great pain she felt and her panic of losing her baby, she was admitted to the hospital and after surgery they removed a tumor weighing 4.1 kilograms (bigger than her baby).
The baby survived without suffering any consequences despite the fact that the tumor continued to grow inside her mother for 2 months after being discovered.
However, her mother lost her right ovary and fallopian tube, receiving the news that she could not have any more children. As reported by Hudgell Solicitors, the woman decided to file a lawsuit against the hospital for not having removed the tumor earlier, and finally received compensation.
The two miracles
Despite the complications and the shock of their lives that this brought them, Francesca was able to become a mother once again, and only 6 months after the birth of her daughter.
How do these tumors occur and what should be done?
The so-called cysts or tumors in the ovaries are much more common than growths in the uterus, however these small formations can continue to grow and spread to other organs such as the uterus.
According to what has been explained in Baby Center, ovarian cysts are generally benign, but they can be the cause of some complications such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome; Both scenarios make conceiving a baby difficult.
Treatments and symptoms
These ovarian cysts can be present in one or both ovaries for months without the woman being aware of their existence. In the event that you feel symptoms, some of them, or the most common are:
- Pain in the pelvic area or abdomen
- Pressure in the intestines or gate
- Pain when going to the bathroom or urinating
What if these cysts are found during pregnancy?
Most likely, they will be detected in one of the ultrasounds as in the case described. The procedure usually includes close monitoring to make sure it will not continue to grow.
In general and as reported by the same medium, most doctors wait until the middle of the pregnancy to remove it so as not to endanger the life of the baby.
In some situations, the cyst can become twisted and cause irreparable damage to the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is therefore extremely important that once a cyst has been found that they are closely monitored to ensure the well-being of the mother and the baby.
Luckily for Francesca and her family, her concern for her baby and her mother’s love helped things to be done on time, and that now she can enjoy not only that baby, but also her second daughter and her beautiful family.