New mother Michelle Cannon is grateful for her baby daughter Faith 5 months after her birth although she faced challenges during her pregnancy. When Michelle was 20 weeks pregnant, she was given the bad news that her unborn baby had non-immune hydrops, a condition that is characterized by fluid build-up in two or more areas of an unborn child’s body. It can cause death shortly before or after a baby’s birth or if a baby survives birth, it can lead to brain damage.
It was suggested to Michelle that she consider abortion since the fluid was crushing her baby’s lungs. Michelle said no and looked at other options. The doctors told her there was an operation they could perform on her baby girl while she was still in the womb. She determined, “There was no way we were going to give up on her… it was a scary thought. But we knew that was her only hope of survival.”
The procedure took 30 minutes and involved inserting a tube into the baby’s chest by going inside Michelle. The operation proved to be a success as baby Faith was delivered in good condition and the fluid eventually went down. They kept Faith in the hospital for a week before she was sent home. She is now breathing on her own and is developing normally, much to the joy of her parents, proving once again that giving an unborn child a shot at life outside the womb bears great rewards even if there are hardships along the way.
Source: Mum ‘so happy’ after refusing abortion for daughter, The Christian Institute, Thursday, August 6, 2015.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed… Psalm 127:3-5
Harry A. Gaylord