Every time Akthari Ansari, 30, looks at her newborn daughter, she is reminded of the challenges she faced to give birth to her.
On February 13, Ansari delivered a healthy baby weighting 2.8kg at Sion Hospital. Though the delivery was free of complications, her pregnancy wasn't.
Last August, when Ansari was five-months pregnant, she underwent an operation at Sion Hospital to remove an ovarian tumour. Doctors removed the tumour, which was the size of a 28-week foetus, from the left ovary. The tumour, detected during the fourth-month of pregnancy, could have been fatal for the unborn child.
"It is rare to see such a big tumour in a pregnant woman. We feel her child is a miracle baby," said Dr Niranjan Chavan, obstetrician and gynaecologist, Sion Hospital.
Chavan claimed that in 2005, the largest ovarian tumour (the size of a 22-week foetus) was reported in a pregnant woman in Japan and the ovary was removed.
In Ansari's case, doctors removed the tumour by a laparoscopic technique called, Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy, and the ovary was conserved.
"She came to the hospital in August complaining of stomachache. Her abdomen looked quite big for her fourth-month pregnancy. The MRI examination revealed an ovarian tumour," said Chavan.
The tumour, though non-cancerous, would have grown with the pregnancy, which was risky for the foetus, said doctors.
Removing the tumour was challenging as there was a risk of miscarriage, pre-term labour or foetal death, said doctors.
"Performing laparoscopic surgery is safe between 13 and 26 weeks of the pregnancy. If proper care and precautions are taken, the risks are reduced," said Chavan.
"This is the first such case at our hospital where we removed an ovarian tumour from a pregnant woman," said Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean, Sion Hospital.