Expecting parents usually have around nine months to prepare for the birth of their baby, but one Missouri couple only had about seven after a car accident forced doctors to perform an emergency c-section at 25 weeks.
On Oct. 7, 2016, Jevon McBride and his expecting wife, Julie, were in a head on collision. “I tried my best to shield Julie’s stomach from the impact,” said McBride, an Air Force staff sergeant. “I grabbed her stomach immediately to try and shield whatever I could.”
McBride’s right leg was completely shattered, and Julie suffered a concussion and a right hip contusion. Even though McBride did his best to shield baby Julie, a scan revealed that she was bleeding in the brain so doctors performed an emergency C-section the next day. “They didn’t think she would make it,” Julie said. “They weren’t giving us that much hope.”
Because Juliana was born prematurely, she suffers from retinopathy of prematurity. However, with the help of eye glasses, she was recently able to see herself and her parents for the first time. “She’s just looking up at him like, ‘Wow, you’re my dad. You’re really my dad.’ She can really see. You can tell she’s seeing things differently,” Julie said. “It was beautiful honestly because I could tell she was looking at me. I could see her eyes focusing on me.” McBride added.
Juliana will eventually need surgery on her eyes since the disease can cause blindness, but her parents are now confident she’ll be fine. “You don’t want your child to go through another surgery, but when she got the glasses and I saw her reaction, I said to myself, ‘This is going to be OK,'” Julie said. “We’ve already been through the worst. This is nothing.”
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this baby saw her parents clearly for the first time.
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[Featured image: ABC News/Julie McBride]