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Do you believe in miracles?

July 22, 2009

This is an amazing story – I’m so glad they told it in video form because it adds so much texture. Forgive the spoiler, but baby Isabella, who could have been terminated was born perfectly healthy.  After ultrasound detected no bladder or kidneys, termination was recommended. In addition, complicating the situation was placenta previa – potentially dangerous for the mom without very close monitoring. Watch the story.

Baby Isabella’s outcome reminded me of another story that caught my eye several years ago. A Texas couple learned their baby girl was missing her kidneys and had little to no amniotic fluid – suggesting a fatal condition for the child. The parents decided they would terminate, but the Catholic hospital would not permit them to . . . and what follows is another incredible story.

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  1. Glenda Parkman permalink
    July 23, 2009 5:40 pm

    My 22-year-old daughter, Rebecca, has a translocation trisomy. The extra chromosome in her cells consists of part of the long arm of chromosome 13 and part of the long arm of chromosome 15. While Rebecca was recovering from the craniofacial surgery she had at 8-and-a-1/2 months of age, she was placed in a regular room after several days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. As Rebecca slept one evening, a young woman came in accompanying her very unhappy 9-month-old son. His shunt had blocked. When she finally got him to sleep, so that he could rest until his surgery, she and I had a chance to talk late into the night.

    Her son had been diagnosed, via ultrasound during her pregnancy, as having anencephaly. Immediately, pressure to have an abortion was brought to bear upon her. She elected to carry to term or as close to term as she could. After her son was born, further testing revealed that he had a very large cyst in his skull, which had been confused on the ultrasound with anencephaly. She requested that a shunt be placed, and a wait-and-see approach was adopted as to how well her son would progress. He began to meet his developmental milestones quite well. When he was 9-months-old, as I’ve already shared, his shunt became blocked. The neurosurgeon was so impressed by the progress that this little fellow had made so far that he recommended surgically removing the cyst rather than continuing to deal with the shunt. I kept in touch with this young woman for awhile. Several months after the cyst was removed, I called her to inquire about her son’s progress. He was walking and continuing to meet his developmental milestones.

    He is the 3rd child that I know of who has been misdiagnosed with anencephaly.

    I realize that the quality of ultrasounds has improved, but I continue to meet people who have, within the past several years, been given faulty information based upon ultrasound images.

    Doctors and their equipment are not infallible, and God is still a God of miracles!

    Speaking of miracles, Rebecca is looking forward to her 23rd bithday on August 3rd and will arrive at that milestone able to read well, write well, and calculate somewhat less well (after all, she is still her ‘math averse’ mother’s daughter). Rebecca loves church, baseball, bowling, and her many friends. Yesterday, after I told her that I would be finished with house/office work and could spend time with her then, she blessed me with the following statement: “Mommy, I love spending time with people who love spending time with me!”

  2. benotafraid permalink*
    July 23, 2009 6:50 pm

    Thank you Glenda! Incredible.

    Rebecca is a wise girl – what a great way to get to the heart of things – I know about Rebecca b/c of ThereseAnn’s LWT13 – but people out there reading may not – so thank you for sharing so much about her.

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