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How Plastic Wrap Saved Baby Born with Organs Outside Her Body

by | Apr 8, 2024

By Kim Schwartz, Texas Right to Life

Doctors saved a baby born with her organs outside of her body by using a surprisingly simple trick and no surgery.

Sadie Montgomery, 21, from Wilshire, United Kingdom, went in for her 12-week scan and discovered that her preborn daughter, Dorothy, had an extreme form of gastroschisis.

Dorothy had a hole in her belly button that allowed her intestines to extend outside of her body. The CDC says, “The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can be found outside of the baby’s body as well.”

Dorothy’s case was particularly severe. Not only did her intestines protrude outside her body, but also her fallopian tubes, kidneys, stomach, liver, and ovaries.

“It was right at the last bit, the nurse noticed a ‘mass’ on the umbilical cord, or where it should’ve been,” Sadie told South West News Service. “I was only 21, and I asked her what the hell she meant by that. She gently told me that sometimes babies’ tummies don’t form properly. I just burst into tears.”

“All I remember hearing was the consultant telling me Dorothy’s ‘guts’ were out of her body.”

When Dorothy was born on February 12, the reality was even more staggering than expected. Sadie described, “It wasn’t just her bowel, or her umbilical cord, like I was expecting. It was everything. All her kidneys, stomach, liver, fallopian tubes, intestines, and ovaries were out.”

Despite the daunting prognosis, treating the newborn required no surgery, just a common household item.

Categories: Infants