A local woman gets a wonderful Valentines gift today, a beautiful baby boy. However as soon as he was born the baby was wisked off to surgery to save his life.
He was born with his intestines and other internal organs outside his body. So doctors did life saving surgery at Gulf Coast Medical Center
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Michael Taylor was ready and waiting to get to work as soon as this little guy came into the world. This tiny bundle was born at gulf coast with a very rare condition called gastroschisis.
It's a type of hernia that forms in the abdominal wall where internal organs can push through. The only treatment for Gastroschisis is surgery.
Thursday Dr. Taylor made history by performing what is believed to be the very first Gastroskisis surgery in this area. We talked with Dr. Taylor right after the surgery and he says the baby is doing great.
“The baby's health is excellent. The baby is doing well. Immediately upon being delivered it was crying, it was stable from a respiratory standpoint. The defect was a significant one but on the scale of Gastroskisis it was a fairly minimal size defect and not a lot of bowel exposed.
We'll check up on the little guy to see how he and mom and fairing in a few days.