During pregnancy, women rely on their doctor’s guidance to stay healthy and keep their baby safe. And since doctors are literally the experts at keeping you and your baby healthy, many moms faithfully follow their advice.
However, one Australian mom is furious after her doctor told her she needed to terminate her pregnancy after she went in to get a scan at 12-weeks pregnant and found that the baby’s organs were growing outside of his body because of a rare condition that occurs every 1 out of 5,000 births called gastroschisis.
“The radiologist said it would be fine but then when I went to see my doctor he told me that I should terminate because he had only seen three other cases who all terminated,” said mom Holly Hodgson.
“Luckily, I did a lot of research over the weekend and said that I wanted a second opinion,” said Holly, who wisely followed her instincts and found out that 90-95 percent of babies with gastroschisis survive the pregnancy. “It makes me sick and angry when I look back on what he said.”
Baby Teddy was born prematurely last December, and as expected, his large and small intestines were sticking out of his belly, which had to be wrapped immediately in plastic cling wrap, then placed in a silo bag for 13 days until his tiny torso grew big enough for doctors to fit them back inside.
Teddy is now healthy 7-months-old, and Holly wants to share his story so other parents don’t get pressured into thinking aborting a baby with gastroschisis is the only option.
“He’s such a happy boy. He just loves making faces and talking to people. He always smiles, giggles and squeaks at people he doesn’t even know – it’s very cute.”
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[Featured image: Holly Hodgson]