An unborn baby has saved the life of her mum after a scan showed up a tumour growing inside her.
Yasmin Randall, 29, had no idea she had cancer growing inside her until medics studied the images.
It was revealed that the baby Lottie was developing OK but there was an alarming lump in Yasmin’s bladder.
Doctors warned Yasmin and her partner Carl Ferris, 28, that growth had to be removed but the operation could cause them to lose their child.
The surgery while Yasmin was 19 weeks pregnant was successful with baby Lottie born naturally four days after her due date.
Cradling her little girl, hairdresser Yasmin said: “Lottie is a miracle baby. Not only does it feel amazing she survived me having surgery while she was still in the womb, she saved my life.
“I’d had no symptoms whatsoever of cancer. I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn’t had that ultrasound scan when I did.”
Yasmin was eight weeks pregnant when the couple, from Southampton, Hants., went for the private scan.
Yasmin said: “A few months earlier I’d suffered an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo had implanted in the wrong part of the womb.
“Although I’d had a scan at six weeks at my local hospital to check this pregnancy was in the right place, Carl and I wanted extra reassurance. So we paid out £65 for a private scan.”
She adds: “The sonographer said our baby looked absolutely fine. We were both so thrilled to see her little heart beating that we didn’t notice the lady spending extra time doing the scan.
“So when afterwards she sat us down and said she’d seen a mass inside my bladder, we were shocked.
“She didn’t know if it was something serious but she was urgently referring me to see my GP.”
Within a week Yasmin was having further tests at Southampton General Hospital.
Carl, a drayman, said: “I tried to reassure her, saying it would probably be nothing and we both tried to concentrate on just having our baby. But when the consultant said there was definitely a two-centimetre mass there, it was devastating.”
Worst was to come when doctors said Yasmin would need an operation.
Yasmin recalled: “All I could think about was my baby. I was very upset when doctors warned me there was a risk of miscarriage.
“No one could tell us how big the risk was because operating on a pregnant woman’s bladder was so rare.
However, not having the operation wasn’t an option because not only could the tumour spread, it could have caused internal bleeding, proving life-threatening to both myself and the baby.”
At 19 weeks pregnant Yasmin had the delicate surgery to cut into her bladder and remove the tumour which had grown another centimetre larger.
“Doctors gave me a spinal block to numb the bottom half of my body, which meant I was awake.
The actual removal took only 12 minutes but it felt so much longer. I was so relieved when it was over and we heard Lottie’s heartbeat. She said.