by Jennifer Van Laar | April 11, 2015 3:13 pm
When a couple learns they’re expecting, it’s generally the happiest time of their life. But for Sonia Morales, that joy turned to anguish when she was told her daughter would be born with anencephaly, which causes a baby to be born missing parts of their skull, brain, and scalp. Morales couldn’t have anticipated how much her daughter would fight back against the odds.
On March 23, 2014, Sonia gave birth to little Angela. She was pale and puffy and missing most of her brain. The family tried to make her comfortable and take advantage of every precious moment they had with her.
“When we went to the hospital, I thought I was going to be saying hello and goodbye on the same day,” Sonia recalled.
Miraculously, though, Angela clung on to life. The next day, doctors covered her head with a bandage; a week later, the family brought her home.
Against all odds, Angela celebrated her first birthday last month; and she continues to defy the doctors’ prognoses. She can lift her head and recognizes the voices of her family. When Sonia says her name, she kicks and smiles. Doctors have even changed their diagnosis to encephalocele, a disorder that is still terminal, but in which part of Angela’s brain is present and growing.
Sonia says many people have asked her why she decided not to terminate her pregnancy. She admits that, “To some people this would be a difficult decision, but it wasn’t for me. I knew there was nothing to gain by terminating the pregnancy, but a lot to lose, and I already loved my daughter more than anyone else in the world. Even if she was unconscious like the doctors said and lived for only a few seconds or minutes, it was worth it to me. We chose to carry our baby to term for one simple reason: pure love.”
The family has set up a Facebook page for supporters to keep up with Angela’s progress, and a GoFundMe page for donations toward their medical expenses.
Their goal is to show that every life is precious, and every child deserves the chance to experience it. “Angela has made us better people,” Sonia said. “She might never be able to contribute to society, but she is teaching us how to become more compassionate and loving. I see life differently now. I only see love. I am a lucky mom.”
Modern medicine has given us many miracles, but a diagnosis is not always a final sentence. Sonia and Angela’s story so far demonstrates the strength of the human spirit.
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