Lydia Ryan Nusbaum Date of Birth: June 22, 2003 Time of Birth: 7:32 a.m. Place of Birth: Memorial Hospital of South Bend Birth Weight: 6 pounds and 0 ounces Birth Length: 19 1/2 inches Other Interesting Information about me: The name Lydia was picked my my Great-Grandpa Keehn, who in January of 2003 was diagnosed with Cancer. He chose the name because it was his grandmother's. The family had no complaints because of that reason and also because it is a BEAUTIFUL name and it fits me. On June 22, 2003, the day I was born, me and my mother(Kristen) were discharged from Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana, due to a small birth deffect I had. I was transferred by a Neonatology (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) Ambulance, with my own doctor, nurse,and respritory therapist, to the BEST Children's Hospital: Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, 3 hrs. away from home. When I arrived, I was with my mom(Kristen), dad(Lester), Nana(Carla), Papa(Gary I), Grandma(Roxanne), Grandpa(Les), Uncle Gary II, and my Great-Aunt Pam. On June 23rd. I had many tests done to see what the birth defect was. I had MRIs, Cat Scans, Ultrasounds, and X-Rays. Then we had a 3 day wait to hear the results. When the results came in, the Dr. Winchester told us I had a "Saccrococcygeal Teratoma", which is a tumor or extra tissue located on my coccyx (tailbone). The said that it was an unusual teratoma, because of it's size. They deal with these teratomas all the time, but the ones they normally deal with are enormous in size. We then had to meet over 10 different specialist. The number one specialist was a Neurosurgeon, since the teratoma was attatched to my spine, a Neurologyst was needed. The specialize in small nerves. One June 27th, my family was told I needed surgery to have the teratoma removed before it grew or became cancerous. They said it would be atleast a 3hr. long surgery and that in recovery, I would be on a ventilator(breathing maching)and that recovery could take days. Sounds scary huh? June 28th came, and at 7:30 a.m., I was taken to the Operating Room. There I had to say good-bye to my parents and family. A hard thing to do. My parents waited in the Surgery Waiting Room, a nurse would inform them every half hour about my health and the progress of my surgery. The surgery began at 8 a.m. and was finished at 9:30 a.m. I recovered within a half hour. The teratoma was removed, along with my tailbone, so future return was not possible. I got to go home with my parents July 1, 2003. I healed fast and good. July 1st is my mom's birthday, and she says IT WAS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT ANYONE CAN GIVE ME. It is now going into August and I am alive and kicking well. Doing what babies do best.