August 11, 2014

Positivity: Baby with rare illness defies doctors who told parents to consider abortion

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Rhyl, in Wales (HT Life News):

Aug 03, 2014 17:43

Samuel Wilson is now 10 weeks old despite being born with his stomach and intestines in his chest cavity because of a hole in his diaphragm.

A 10-week-old baby has defied the odds to survive a rare birth defect despite his mum being told to consider a termination.

Little Samuel Wilson has battled to stay alive everyday of his life after he was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a condition that meant his stomach and intestines developed in his chest cavity because of a hole in his diaphragm.

Mum, Vicky Davies, has spoken about the moment she was told that he only had a 50/50 chance of survival

She told the Daily Post: “Everything was going normally and I was at my routine 20 week scan, ready to find out if we were having a boy or a girl, when our whole world just came crashing down.

“We were taken to a room and told that Samuel’s stomach organs were in his chest and that there was a possibility of Down’s Syndrome, so I was advised to have an amniocentesis test.

“This uses a needle to go through to the fluid in the womb and carries a 2% risk of miscarriage.”

Vicky, 33, and her partner Gavin Wilson, 40, were told that Samuel had CDH and should look at the option of aborting the pregnancy due to his low survival rate.

Vicky said: “I just couldn’t even imagine it, I know they have to give you all the options but I knew I had to just give him a chance at survival.” …

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