Two-Pound Tumor Removed from Newborn’s Face
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center doctors removed a 2-pound tumor from Jordan Smith’s face. The hospital released the information this week about the surgery. Jordan was born on March 25, the surgery took place when he was 9 days old.
His mother is school bus driver Kimberly Robinson, 35, a Liberty City resident with three other children. She was told of the complications of her pregnancy in her 17th week. Because of the size and location of the tumor, she was advised by some doctors to have an abortion. Ms Robinson is reported to say, "I was crying, emotional, praying for days. I drive special-needs kids on the bus, so I know some of the challenges they have to face."
Obstetrician/gynecologist Elvire Jacques shepherded Robinson's case and attended the delivery. At the delivery, Ramzi Younis, a pediatric surgeon, inserted a tube into the infant’s airway beneath the tumor which originated in the back of the baby's mouth and covered his nose before cutting the umbilical cord.
On Jordan’s ninth day of life, Younis removed the growth from his face. The mass weighed almost a fourth of the baby's birth weight of 8 pounds, 11 ounces. The tumor was identified as a teratoma. In most cases, such tumors kill the child, but Jordan is to be released from the hospital next week.