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Sharon Savino has a lot to be grateful for this Mother's Day. The 26-year-old is healthy and so is her newborn son Maximus. "Definitely a miracle."

In her second trimester, Sharon felt tired and rundown and then started coughing up blood. Tests showed a non-cancerous tumor the size of an egg in her heart. "The tumor itself aside from the fact that it was inside the heart and causing some blockage of a valve, had the potential for segments of it actually breaking free and traveling  in the bloodstream which could cause stroke," says Dr. James Taylor, Stony Brook University Hospital.

Sharon says her baby was her main concern. "I wanted them to take the baby out first just in case anything would happen."

Doctors at Stony Brook University Hospital told Sharon having her baby at 27 weeks could put him at risk for developmental problems, but that she still needed surgery right away to remove the tumor. The pregnant mother had open-heart surgery in January.  Surgeons had to work quickly because the baby's blood supply could be compromised during the operation. "That might have resulted in the mother going into labor, or a problem with the baby," says Dr. Taylor.

The surgery was a success.

Sharon spent the rest of her pregnancy at home recovering before welcoming her son last month. She says the whole experience has her counting her blessings this Mother's Day. "I'm alive, laughs, I'm able to spend it with my children that are healthy and I'm healthy."
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