When a baby is born prematurely, there are all sorts of worries and concerns for parents and doctors alike. Babies born nine to 10 weeks from their due date appear like regular babies except they are a couple of pounds smaller. At times, they will require oxygen to help them breath and most will be able to nurse or bottle feed through a tube. Nonetheless, at this stage their survival rate is 96 percent. One family in the United Kingdom already had to deal with the stress of their baby boy being born nine weeks early, when something not related to his early arrival began to cause great concern.During this time, a growth on his right eye began to appear.
It is often referred as a “strawberry birthmark.”
Doctors do not usually intervene as it tends to decrease and disappear by the 12 to 15 months mark.
Oliver’s parents, Tasha and Mike Francis, took the baby boy to a doctor. He was prescribed medicine but it didn’t seem to help at all.
The doctor suggested to increase the dose.
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Tasha said the doctors took them in and discussed what the surgery entailed. Two days later the non-cancerous tumour was removed.
A spokesperson for the hospital said, “In some cases surgery may be required but due to the associated risks to the eyesight and potential facial scarring, surgery, along with other treatment options, is usually considered only if non-invasive methods of treatment have proved ineffective.”
It turned out, the pressure on Oliver’s eyes was becoming too much for the baby. He was always crying from constant pain.
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