It was wonderful to see that CNN picked up a Colorado story about little Nicholas Coke (“St. Nicholas”, the reporter even called him). It is usually more convenient for the media to present babies with anencephaly as having the most abortion-worthy of conditions, typically in defense of policies protecting late-term abortion and tax-payer funded abortions. Kudos to CNN and the original NBC affiliate for sharing another more positive perspective. Though it is true that most babies with anencephaly will die soon after birth, they are no less worthy of the dignity of being carried to term, and they bestow upon their parents the same dignity that all babies do – that of being parents.
Baby born without a brain lives for first birthday
By Nicole Vandeputte
Pueblo, Colorado–A baby boy in Pueblo is a living miracle. Nicholas Coke was born without a brain. This week he’s marked a milestone nobody dreamed could happen.
Coke was born with a genetic disease called Anencephaly. He had no brain, just a brain stem. His mom Sheena says, “He can’t see, he can’t hear, he can’t suck. He doesn’t crawl, doesn’t sit up.”
Most of these babies die within hours, but Nicholas survived a few days, then a few months.
A year later, it’s a true Christmas miracle. He is at a party to celebrate his first birthday. Sheena says, “He’s a miracle. He’s changed so many lives.”
He somehow survived without doctors, or tubes. Sheena says he even shows signs of emotion. “He’s smiling. He’s laughed for the first time. It was wonderful to hear him laugh,” says Sheena.