New mum Jaiden Ashlea recently gave birth to their son Levi James and to save his life she will give birth to him a second time in July.
Ashlea told that New York Post that doctors found a worrying development during a routine health check at their 18-week scan. Her doctor then broke the news no parent wants to hear: her unborn child has spina bifida.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t even speak when the doctor told us this,” said Ashlea, from Jacksonville, Florida.
From there, the news only got worse. Doctors then told her and her fiancé, Noah Detrick, that the child would likely be born brain dead and have no quality of life.
“I remember saying to myself, ‘This isn’t real, this isn’t happening,'” Ashlea said. “It was a nightmare.”
However, Ashley stated that she and Detrick refused to abort the baby and vowed to do whatever they could to keep their family intact.
The couple and their unborn baby traveled to Orlando, where she learned of an operation that could help repair the baby’s spine.
According to the report, Ashlea underwent surgery for the repairs.
“Doctors performed a cesarean section along her abdomen, ruptured her waters, and successfully repaired the significant lesion or abnormality that plagued the L2 vertebra in the baby’s lower back,” the outlet reported. “Then they repositioned the tot in Ashlea’s stomach, stitched her up and put her on strict bed rest.”
Ashlea remains on bed rest until the child can be delivered via caesarean section at 37 weeks – which ends in July.
“Since the surgery [doctors have] I’ve seen so much more movement and signs of malformation in his brain reversing,” Ashlea explained. She also noted that doctors believe her born-again son may not have any major motor problems after his second birth. “He kicks his legs out and twists his ankles in there. I can feel him moving.”
She added that she can’t wait to meet her son.
“I’m delighted that he realizes how many people support him and how loved and special he is,” she added. “Not everyone gets the chance to have this surgery. And I want him to know that God was on his side.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/mom-births-baby-twice The mother-to-be will give birth to her son twice to save his life: ‘God was on his side’