29/12/2009 04:06 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Baby Has Operation In The Womb To Remove Orange-Sized Tumour

A baby has made an amazing recovery after a massive tumour was removed from his neck while he was still in the womb.

A routine pregnancy scan revealed that little Arthur Fountain had an orange-sized growth in his neck.

Doctors had to operate to save his life because if he had been born naturally he would not be able to breathe as the tumour was blocking his airway.

So they cut into his mother's stomach and delivered his head and shoulders.

The baby was still able to receive oxygen from his mother's placenta, which meant the doctors could get a tube into his throat to help him breathe.

Arthur was then delivered and had a four-hour operation to remove the tumour, which was non-cancerous.

He had to spend several weeks in intensive care on a ventilator but is now doing well and is at home with his parents and sisters.

His parents, Michelle, aged 38, and Matthew, 36, say the doctors at the Jessop Hospital in Sheffield did a wonderful job.

Mrs Fountain told the Telegraph: "Every day I look at him and can't believe we've come home with him.

"He's a very happy and contented baby which is amazing after all he's been through. The care and support we received was fantastic, we were treated like royalty and we are both doing very well now."

The operation to deliver Arthur involved 25 staff including 10 specialist consultants.

Saurabh Gandhi, an obstetric consultant and sub-specialist in fetomaternal medicine at the Jessop Hospital, told the Telegraph: "If we had delivered Arthur normally or by a Caesarean section, it would have been very likely that he would have died immediately."

It's an incredible story - let's hope Arthur goes on to have a long and happy life.

Source: Daily Telegraph