Published: September 27, 2023, 16:07 Last Updated: September 27, 2023, 17:02
9-Month-Old Baby Diagnosed with “Lymphangioma” Before Birth
A 9-month-old baby from Kentucky has captured the hearts of many after bravely battling lymphangioma, a condition he was diagnosed with before birth. Nicknamed “Hulk” due to his resilience, the remarkable story of this young child has recently come to light.
According to several foreign media outlets, including The Sun, 9-month-old Armani Milby was discovered to have lymphangioma during a prenatal ultrasound. His mother, 33-year-old Chelsea Milby, recalls the moment she received the devastating news, saying, “I found out about my baby’s condition at 17 weeks pregnant. The medical staff informed me that my daughter had a 0% chance of survival. Despite the grim prognosis, I held onto hope, and miraculously, she was born healthy.” Overwhelmed with emotions, Chelsea tearfully added, “Although initially shocked, the most important thing to me was that my child was born safe and sound. No matter the appearance, I love my child unconditionally.”
Lymphangioma is a condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid in the lymphatic system, resulting in tumor-like growths. Typically classified as a congenital malformation, lymphangioma is often detected in newborns and young children, with more than 90% of cases diagnosed within the first year of life.
The symptoms of lymphangioma vary depending on its location in the body. While it can develop in any part of the body except areas without lymphatic vessels, such as the hands, toenails, hair, and teeth, it is most commonly found on the face, neck, armpits, limbs, and stomach. In the case of Milby, the lymphangioma caused significant swelling and deformity on his face and neck. When the growth occurs in the neck region, it can impede breathing, while growth under the chin poses a suffocation risk due to airway compression. For individuals like Milby, who have lymphangiomas before birth, the inflammation progressively worsens with growth and can rapidly increase in size due to bleeding or upper respiratory infections.
Surgical intervention is typically required for larger lymphangiomas. However, complete resection is challenging due to extensive infiltration into surrounding tissues and strong adhesions to nerves and blood vessels. Multiple surgeries are often necessary. Non-surgical treatments, such as the use of sclerosing agents, steroids, and radiation therapy, have shown limited effectiveness. Researchers have recently been investigating the possibility of injecting bleomycin, an anti-cancer substance, into the tumor as a potential treatment.
Meanwhile, Milby is scheduled to undergo a lymphatic vessel removal operation to restore normal size to his arms and chest.
Kim Se-rin, Hankyung.com reporter
Entered 2023.09.27 16:07 Modified 2023.09.27 17:02
Was diagnosed with ‘lymphangioma’ before birth
A 9 month old baby who suffered from ‘lymphangioma’ before he was born and was nicknamed ‘Baby Hulk’. /Photo = Still from Twitter’s ‘Caters’ The story was revealed about how a 9 month old American child suffered from lymphangioma and was nicknamed ‘Hulk’.
According to foreign media such as the British media outlet The Sun on the 26th (local time), Armani Milby, a 9-month-old baby living in Kentucky, was diagnosed with ‘lymphangioma’ when he was still in his mother’s womb. Her mother, Chelsea Milby (33), said, “I found out about the baby’s condition (by ultrasound) at 17 weeks pregnant,” and added, “When I gave birth to the baby by caesarean section at 33 weeks, the staff said medical that my daughter’s survival rate was 0%. “I had hope for the baby, and in the end, he was born safely.” He said, “At first, I was so shocked that I cried,” but he also added, “But because it was important for the child to be born healthy, it didn’t matter what he looked like. I love the child.”
Lymphangioma refers to a disease that appears as a tumor due to an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid in the lymphatic system that is separated from the normal lymphatic system. It is mainly reported as a congenital malformation that occurs in the area where the primary lymph cyst is located in the newborn and childhood, and more than 90% of cases are known to have discovered within the first year of life.
Lymphangioma symptoms appear differently depending on where it occurs. It can occur in any part of the body except in some areas without lymphatic vessels, such as hands, toenails, hair and teeth. It usually occurs on the face, neck, armpits, limbs and stomach. Lymphangiomas, especially on the face and neck, appear very misshapen and vary in size. The area where the lymphangioma occurs becomes inflamed, becomes red, and swells significantly, as in Milby’s case. If a lymphangioma occurs in the neck, the cyst can grow and interfere with breathing, and if it occurs under the chin, there is a risk of suffocation by pressing on the airway. If a person has a lymphangioma before birth, like Milby, the inflammation gradually increases with growth, and the size can increase rapidly after bleeding or an upper respiratory infection.
If the lymphangioma is large, treatment is required. The principle of treatment for lymphangioma is complete surgical removal. However, the medical community explains that complete resection is difficult because most cases have severe infiltration of the surrounding tissues and severe adhesions to nerves and blood vessels. For this reason, multiple operations are often performed. Non-surgical treatment methods include the use of sclerosing agents, steroids, and radiation therapy, but are said to have no significant effect. It has been discovered that the medical community has recently sought a treatment which involves injecting bleomycin (an anti-cancer substance) into the tumour.
Meanwhile, in Milby’s case, it is reported that he is planning to undergo a lymphatic vessel removal operation to reduce his arms and chest to normal size.
Kim Se-rin, Hankyung.com reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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