Emily’s Sacrococcygeal Teratoma Story: Look at Her Now


Before she was born, doctors discovered Emily had a sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) — a tumor located at the base of the tailbone. For more: http://www.chop.edu/fetal20.

At their 20-week ultrasound, Eleanor and Matt received the devastating news that their unborn daughter had an SCT, a common tumor found in newborns.

Doctors told them that their baby had a 50/50 shot of surviving and mentioned that some people choose to terminate. El and Matt chose to call The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. They came away calmed, comforted and armed with options. SCT is commonly treated with postnatal resection to remove the tumor after the baby is born, but fetal surgery is an option if fetal hydrops develops, a life-threatening condition that puts both mom and baby at risk.

When Emily was born, the tumor made up about a third of her weight. She needed three full blood transfusions before being stabilized, and had surgery to remove the tumor the next d...

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My World 

I was born with this & now 19 years later .. I have it .. & I need surgery & I’m scared it’s the worst pain .

Mau Pzc 

My daughter had this 4 years ago,the nurses they told me that she have Spina bifida I know about Spina bifida that I have to take care of her for the rest of her life,but when the doctor they told us it's not Spina bifida,so my husband go back on that hospital and talk to the head nurse and we complain about what they told me,I was so devastated I have postpartum depression and that Filipina nurse told me my daughter has a Spina bifida.what she think is she's a doctor!Now she's beautiful sweet girl I ever had but every time I think about it I'm still crying because she was only 4 days old when she have her surgery she's so brave

Nut Suphanat 

Happy 5th Birthday to Emily! :)


I really pray she recovers beautiful from her scars, I have a terrifying scar and it haunts me! 😭 I have been bullied by my intimate partners for looking deformed.


I was born with this 😞

Katelyn Sanford 

That's the cancer I had too <3

Carla Rackley 

What a beautiful child, blessings to your family!

Jasmine H 

I was born at 7 months with a sacrel taratoma tumor, aswell. and I'm happy the docters knew how to preform the surgery.


:') my daughter born with the same teratoma