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MONTROSE, Colo. (CBS4)– A family in Montrose is thrilled to finally have their baby girl home from Children’s Hospital Colorado. Ella Kay Tobler was born 13 weeks early so doctors could remove a rare, 4-pound tumor from her tailbone.

The emergency surgery was done while the baby was still attached to her mother.

(credit: Lyndsy Tobler)

“She is a fighter, you know, she’s defied so many odds,” said Lyndsy Tobler, Ella’s mother.

In her 3 months of life, nothing has come easy for tiny Ella. When Lyndsy was 5 months pregnant, an ultrasound showed a sacrococcygeal teratoma, a mass on her tailbone. It happens between 1 in 35,000 to 1 in 40,000 live births. The cause is unknown.

“As it grows bigger, it steals the blood away from the baby and feeds the tumor,” said Lyndsy.

The mother of two from Montrose was referred to the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

“The tumor was pretty large and it was growing rapidly,” Lyndsy told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

(credit: Lyndsy Tobler)

At 27 weeks, 2-pound 4-ounce Ella would be delivered by an emergency EXIT (ex utero intrapartum treatment) procedure, a special technique similar to a C-section.

But first, the tumor, double the size of the baby, was exposed and surgically removed.

“They started the re-section on the tumor while Ella still was technically inside of me, not born yet,” Lyndsy explained.

When the umbilical cord was cut, the tiny baby needed help breathing. Ella would spend 80 days in the NICU.

“Time in the NICU is a rollercoaster,” said Lyndsy.

(credit: Children’s Hospital Colorado)

But Lyndsy trusted that Ella was in good hands.

“I was dedicated to taking care of her daughter,” said RN Sarah Gadzuk.

She was Ella’s primary nurse, part of a program in which Children’s patients can select their nurses based on mutual rapport.

“It’s just an unsettling time that we’re living in and parents need a bit of additional support then they may normally need,” said Sarah.

Sarah was an advocate for Ella, a friend for Lyndsy.

“It took the edge off the loneliness that’s for sure,” said Lyndsy.

(credit: Lyndsy Tobler)

Ella went home to Montrose July 12, 7 days before her due date.

“There was just so many miracles,” said Lyndsy.

And now a full life ahead for this tiny, tough little girl.

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Fortnites Maker Is Suing Apple After The Game Was Removed From Its App Store

(CNN) — The maker of Fortnite is suing Apple after Apple blocked the wildly popular online video game with hundreds of millions of registered players from its app store Thursday.

Apple said it had removed Fortnite from the platform as Epic Games was violating the tech giant’s guidelines by announcing a way for players to buy in-game currency without using Apple’s proprietary payment systems.

Apple’s swift decision to boot Fortnite reflects the enormous influence of Epic Games, Fortnite’s owner. The clash between the two companies highlights the growing scrutiny over Apple’s App Store policies — which are the focus of a European Commission antitrust investigation.

Epic’s suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Apple of violating US antitrust law and claims the company wields anti-competitive monopoly power over the distribution of iOS apps.

“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100% monopoly over the iOS in-app payment processing market,” Epic said in the complaint. It requested an injunction to prohibit Apple’s allegedly anticompetitive conduct and to mandate that Apple restore competition.

Apple said in a statement Thursday that Epic had violated its App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments.

“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users,” Apple said in a statement emailed to CNN Business. “As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store.”

Apple said it will work with Epic to resolve the violations so Fortnite can return to the App Store.

The controversy began when Epic Games announced Thursday it will offer a permanent 20% discount on Fortnite’s in-game currency if players purchase directly from Epic.

In a blog post, Epic said players could not get the discount if they paid via Apple or Google.

“Currently, when using Apple and Google payment options, Apple and Google collect a 30% fee, and the up to 20% price drop does not apply.”

The company added, “If Apple or Google lower their fees on payments in the future, Epic will pass along the savings to you.”

Epic’s post referred to how both Apple and Google app stores take a 30% cut of in-app sales. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has publicly criticized both Apple and Google for their practices.

Hours later, Fortnite had vanished from Apple’s app store — and Epic responded with its lawsuit. Fortnite remains on Google’s Play Store.

Google didn’t respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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