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Good Samaritan Pediatric Surgeon Removes Difficult Tumor from 18-Month-Old Baby

May 2nd, 2014
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Chief of Pediatric Surgery Vinci Jones, MD, successfully removed a two-pound tumor from 18-month old Marisela Lori’s back. Marisela was born with the tumor, called a sacrococcygeal teratoma, the most common tumor in newborns with an incidence of 1 in 50,000 births, Marisela was in the Dominican Republic and her family lacked access to sophisticated health care. This type of tumor is not normally life threatening but can be very debilitating and sometimes malignant, but Marisela was not able to have surgery until her parents, Stephanie and Joel, moved to the United States.

Apart from projecting out from her back, the tumor had also grown into the abdomen displacing several of her internal organs. Anesthesia was administered by pediatric anesthesiologist, Liborio Musacchia, MD. The initial part of the six-hour surgery was to gain control of the tumor using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. At this time, the internal part of the tumor was removed. The second part of the surgery was to remove protruding part of the tumor from her back. Marisela’s internal organs were repositioned and her back was reconstructed. Testing later confirmed that the tumor was benign ensuring that Marisela not require any further treatment.

Marisela has recovered well with no complications and was discharged from the hospital five days after surgery. She is home with her parents in Freeport.

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Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Chief of Pediatric Surgery Vinci Jones, MD, Joel Lori holding Marisela.


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
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