Doctors Said Eli Would be Disabled or Die, So He Should Be Aborted… He Was Born Healthy

The news just kept getting worse and worse for Courtney Mitchell and her unborn son. It began when Mitchell went for her 20-week ultrasound. Her doctor discovered strange pockets of fluid in her placenta and ordered a high risk ultrasound for the next day. After the second ultrasound, doctors told Courtney and her husband, Chris, that their son had genetic problems and probably would not live outside the womb. Doctors gave baby Eli less than 1 percent chance of survival....

The Gift of Breath & Speech

When Andrea Hasse of Michigan was pregnant with her son, Grant, he was diagnosed with a condition that has about 1% chance of survival. His airways were largely blocked and he would suffer from lack of oxygen after birth. Doctors operated at 27 weeks of pregnancy and inserted a tube through his neck to open the airway. They then delivered the baby. Grant is quite healthy. At one year of age, a doctor operated to improve the airway only to discover that Grant had no vocal chords so would never speak. The parents were happy just to have Grant as healthy as he was. The surgeon was not satisfied and made two tubes from the adjacent muscles and separated them with a graft from a rib. The parents received a great thrill when Grant uttered his first word. His vocabulary is expanding. He is expected to speak clearly, but his voice may sound a bit different. His voice will be...

Liver Transplant Saves Newborn Baby After Mom Refused Abortion

Jacob has survived despite receiving a rare metabolic disorder of the liver from his mother, Keeley. Although doctors warned her that getting pregnant would be risky, Keeley had no thoughts about abortion once she found out she was carrying Jacob and that he had inherited the disorder from her. Like other women in her family, Keeley carries the gene for the disorder OTC-deficiency and doctors told her in January that both she and her unborn son could have died. Gibbs refused to have an abortion and both she and Jacob survived the pregnancy and birth. After he was born, Jacob apparently became the youngest person ever to have a liver transplant — at just 10 days old [St. Louis Children’s Hospital]. Three months after the surgery, both baby and mother are doing well. [22Apr06, St. Louis, MO...

Screening/Testing For Genetic Abnormalities Can Prove To Be Inaccurate

Keep in mind that screening/testing for genetic abnormalities can prove to be inaccurate… CYSTIC FIBROSIS SCREENING LED TO "UNNECESSARY" ABORTIONS, RESEARCHERS SAY "New Scientist" magazine has reported that a national U.S. screening program to test pregnant women and their partners for cystic fibrosis may have led to unnecessary prenatal tests and abortions. Representatives of the American College of Medical Genetics reported at a conference that in 20 cases, parents had amniocentesis tests – which can cause miscarriages – and some had abortions after being screened/tested for only one of two gene mutations that must be present for cystic fibrosis to occur. The president of the ACMG also told "New Scientist" that he knew of at least 150 cases in which unnecessary prenatal tests were carried out because of mistakes in interpreting the parents' tests. [Elliot Institute News Vol.2, No. 5 — 19May03...

Congenital Hard Cases: Cornelia De Lange Syndrome

I wanted to comment about hard cases. I have a son who is 7 years old who has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. He was diagnosed at @ 4 mo. It has not been easy raising him thus far; but, I must say I would not take any amount of money for him or the experience of having him not only in my life but the lives of my other children. Time doesn’t permit to tell you all we have learned but let’s just say we learn something new about what it means to love someone unconditionally every day. "Sam" is very special and I know God has him on this earth for a reason. We rejoice when we see glimpses of His reasons from time to time. I know 95% of people who knew they had a child with this syndrome would abort but they would be missing out on the experience of a lifetime.  — D.W.,...