Doctors save unborn baby’s leg

News 24

Sydney – Australian surgeons saved the leg of an unborn baby by operating when her mother was just 22 weeks’ pregnant, in what may be the earliest in utero surgery of its kind, the hospital said on Monday.

Baby girl Leah had a rare condition in which stray bands of tissue wrap themselves around the developing foetus’s limbs or digits, in this case both her legs, and cut off blood flow.

Her parents decided to go ahead with the operation after being told she faced the prospect of both her feet being amputated by the constricting bands as she grew within the womb.