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"Cleft lip. That was our initial diagnosis. 

We went to see the specialist to see if our little girl also had cleft palate. The news we received made it the hardest day of my life.

The doctor saw numerous defects and told us she believed our baby had Trisomy 18. She said she would likely be stillborn and even if she did survive, it would be for a very short time. Some hrases will forever stand out in my mind, such as 'severely mentally challenged,' 'no quality of life,' and, 'You have two weeks left to legally abort in the state of Georgia. You need to decide quickly.' 

No hope was given. We were strongly pushed to choose to abort our baby girl. Other specialists gave similar advice in the months to follow.

Abortion wasn't an option for us. We took the blood test and after 10 tear-filled awful days believing she would not survive, we got the call that our baby girl did not have Trisomy 18.

Our little blessing, Eliana, arrived on Easter weekend. She has DiGeorge syndrome, which has caused spina bifida, cleft lip, cleft palate, and a Ventricular Septal Defect.

Her diagnosis is still difficult, but we cannot imagine our lives without her. She is worth every hospital visit, every difficult moment, and every sleepless night. She simply requires a little more of our time and love, both of which we are more than happy to give." 



- Laura #standforlife

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