Along with faithfully attending each excruciating appointment, Kate and her family steadfastly prayed for God's will in this situation, right up until something incredible happened at her 26-week visit.
"At the appointment, I noticed the sonogram tech didn’t measure the size of the cystic hygroma," Kate explained. "I asked her about it since it had been a routine measurement every week. She told me the doctor would explain it when she came in. The next 5 minutes were rough. I had no idea what was going on. I knew there was a heartbeat because I saw it and heard it. Other that, I had no clue."
Then, Kate continues, "the doctor walked in. A new one. I had never seen her before during my visits. She was sweet and soft spoken. She had bedside manner. If anyone was going to give me bad news, I wanted it to be her."
"Immediately, I asked about the cystic hygroma not being measured," she said. "She gave me this sweet smile and told me that there was nothing there to measure. It was gone."
Kate's pregnancy went on rather uneventfully until November 5th, when her precious baby boy was born: "He was perfect. 10 fingers, 10 toes and a head FULL of hair! The doctors were shocked. So much so, they ran every test possible trying to figure out something that must be wrong with him. They all came back negative and clear. He does have a very common small heart murmur that is expected to close on its own. That’s all."
"The baby that was given 0% percent chance of survival is here and healthy," Kate wrote. "I cannot fathom the idea that I could have changed my mind on November 4th. Just said, 'To heck with it,' because I changed my mind about having this baby."
When a doctor gives us any sort of advice or order, so many of us take it as though it were gospel truth. Our hearts should ache for the thousands of mothers who, unlike Kate, simply took their doctor's word and aborted children who could have lived happy and healthy lives. Just as bad, the practice of aborting children with "undesirable" defects and conditions promotes such a despicable view of special needs children as a joyless burden.
Still, we know the living God who holds the world in his hand, and this is something that continues to give Kate strength: "I choose life. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. I will pray for New York and the leaders that made that decision. As I know all too well, nothing is too big for God
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