Mom Was Told Her Fetus Had Abnormalities, But Refused Doctors Suggestions To Abort
When faced with irregular ultrasound results, Grainne Evans encountered the heartbreaking decision many parents have to go through.
Initial ultrasound scans found serious abnormalities in Evans unborn child and her Doctors suggested an abortion. Evans refused, and successfully carried her baby girl, Tessa, to term.
Baby Tessa was born with a condition known as complete congenital arhinia which meant that she wasn’t developing in the womb. The condition left little Tessa without a nose.
Doctors say that she is a one in a million baby because there are fewer than 50 such cases in history.
The odds of being born with this condition are 1 in 197 million, making Tessa a very special girl.
However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Tessa or her mother as the doctors didn’t really know what to do with the rare case.
“I felt so lonely and helpless, I was supposed to protect my baby and be able to help, but I couldn’t,” Evans said. “There were tubes coming out of her tiny little body everywhere. She spent her first five weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit, which were undoubtedly the worst weeks of my life.”
However, despite lots of hurdles at the beginning of baby Tessa’s life, she and the family are now doing well.
Thanks to the wonders of 3D-printing, the 17-month-old girl will have surgery where doctors will insert a faux nose onto Tessa’s face. The new nose will have to be refitted every few years so that it grows with her body.
“Tessa is like any other little girl,” Evans assured.
The avid little dancer “loves playing with her brother and sister, she’s always smiling, and has never let her condition stop her from doing anything.”
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