The baby had Edwards' syndrome and the mother was told it was unlikely that infant would survive.
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A family went through unimaginable heartbreak when they discovered their aborted baby was born alive. Loran Denison, 27, was pregnant with her fourth child when doctors told her that the baby had Edwards’ syndrome. This was a serious condition where the child was likely to die before or shortly after being born. Denison and partner Scott Watson, 35, had to make the painful decision of initiating a medical termination, reports The Sun. The young mom took a tablet and came back to the hospital to be induced at 18 weeks and four days. “We had already said our goodbyes when we went in,” she said. But the parents were in for a shock when their fourth child was born alive and lived for 10 hours following the abortion. Denison said she was told her son, who she named Kiyo Bleu, had "typical Edwards’ Syndrome."
Mother who aborted her baby at 18 weeks due to a rare condition reveals he was born alive when the procedure failed https://t.co/IRsJFJ7xO8— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 12, 2021
According to the NHS, Edwards' syndrome is also known as trisomy 18. It "is a rare but serious condition. Edwards' syndrome affects how long a baby may survive. Sadly, most babies with Edwards' syndrome will die before or shortly after being born. A small number (about 13 in 100) babies born alive with Edwards' syndrome will live past their 1st birthday." It also mentions that there is no cure for the condition but treatment will focus on the "symptoms of the condition, such as heart conditions, breathing difficulties and infections. Your baby may also need to be fed through a feeding tube, as they can often have difficulty feeding."
As for the family from Lancashire, England, the situation was heartbreaking. Denison and Watson are parents to Rocco Watson, 6, and daughters Bunni Rose, 3, and Romee Beau, 2. They were hoping to include a new member to the family. But sadly, it wasn't so. The stay-at-home mom is “glad” she had a bit of time with her son but “it also made the situation much harder”. “They told me he had typical Edwards’ Syndrome so would pass away before or just after birth. My boy had a lion heart,” Denison said. “I thought I had done the hard bit when I made the difficult decision to have an abortion, but now it feels 10 times worse. I just want other mums to know in case this happens to them. I had to watch his heartbeat getting slower and watch his life draining out of him. You just want to keep your children alive. It was like torture."
The mom-of-three doesn’t want to deter anyone from making the right choice for them. “None of the doctors thought he would be born alive. When my partner picked him up after he was born he said ‘his heart is beating’, and they said ‘no way’. When I took the first tablet on the sixth they said it would stop the pregnancy, heartbeat and everything, so we expected he wouldn’t be alive when he was born. They didn’t check for a heartbeat before inducing labor, and I wish they had. I don’t have words for how awful it was.”
A Blackburn mum has told of her devastation after her tiny baby was born alive after an abortion at 18 weeks - and lived for ten hours.https://t.co/eFrCB0z7SE— Lancs Live (@LiveLancs) May 12, 2021
Kiyo Bleu Watson was born alive on April 9 at 3.50 pm, weighing 150g. “They said his heart will stop in the next half-hour, and I kept ringing the bell to say he was still alive, and I said, ‘Do you just leave him?’ And they said, ‘Yes,’” Denison said. "I don’t even have a word for how horrible it feels. There is a person I’ve read about who has survived with Edwards’ Syndrome to 40. Kiyo Bleu was so strong now I wonder if he would have survived. His heartbeat was so strong you could feel it. If I had known he would be born alive I probably would have made a different decision. I thought I was doing the right thing but now I think I have done the wrong thing. He just looked so normal," Denison said. “I can’t get my head around how he survived.”
My heart goes out to you xxxx— Michaela stewart (@Michael69811544) May 10, 2021