World’s First Successful Fetal Heart Surgery

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Tucker Roussin, now 3 years old, was the first patient to undergo a successful fetal surgery to remove a life-threatening heart tumor.

When Katie Rice was pregnant with her second child, a routine ultrasound at 20 weeks discovered a rare, fast-growing heart tumor called an intrapericardial teratoma. Left untreated, the tumor can lead to fetal death. Katie and her partner, Mike Roussin, were referred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where nine days later, Katie underwent a three-hour operation to remove the tumor, giving her baby a chance at life. and CBS News both recently featured Tucker's story.

Read more about the groundbreaking surgery.