Parents Refuse To Abort Their Deformed Baby And Four Years Later He Is The Most Adorable Child
Sara and Chris were given the option of aborting their child when doctors diagnosed him with a medical condition. However, the Nebraska based couple was sure that as long as their child was alive they would anything in the world for him. And four years down the lane looking at adorable pictures of Brody, one can say they are doing a remarkable job.
It takes a lot of courage on parents' behalf who make a decision to keep the child even after knowing that their child will be born with a deformity. It is not a selfish decision in fact it is the one taken with a lot of consideration, fighting a guilt of not giving up on their kid without fighting for him. These are the parents who hold onto hope, overwhelmingly believing and praying that they will get through this difficult time with love and care for their child.
This is the story of Sara and Chris Heller, the couple were told to consider the option of abortion as their unborn child showed signs of deformity. The couple had even thought of the name Brody for their son.
An ultrasound at six months revealed that the baby had a bilateral cleft lip and palate, a serious deformity that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. This is a common birth defect that’s associated with several health problems and difficulties as a child grows. Eating, drinking, smiling, talking, and laughing would be very difficult activities. However, these clefts are usually correctible, although the child would require very intensive care and attention to pull through the procedures.
The Nebraska-based couple was left shattered after hearing the doctor's diagnosis but one thing was sure that they never for once considered abortion as an option. This diagnosis made them realize that the journey that was supposed to be filled with excitement will now be replaced with faith and patience but they were sure that as a family they will get through this.
They were sure that as long as their child is alive they would love him and nurture him and care for him to the best of their capabilities.
On October 7, 2016, the adorable child came into the world, weighing all of 6 lbs 8oz with a head full of hair.
The cleft lip condition affects one in 700 babies and is the fourth most common birth defect in the United States.  As a child gets older, one or more surgeries may be required to correct the abnormality.
On January 3, 2017, three months after Brody was born, he was scheduled to have his first corrective surgery. The operation went successfully and he made a remarkable recovery in the following months. He’s had a few more procedures over the years, and now, at the age of four, despite the many obstacles he’s faced, his smile continues to melt hearts every day.
Despite the challenges, Brody has grown into a charming young man who melts everyone's heart with his goofy smile.
It was at the birth of her baby Brody that his mom Sara took to social media to raise awareness about her son's medical condition and not only this but she used to regularly update her space with Brody’s remarkable progress. Her Instagram page is filled with hundreds of photos of a relentlessly happy child with the occasional scowl – growing, thriving, and surviving against all odds.
She also hopes to portray the intricacies of caring for a special needs child, to encourage other parents. As long as your heart is brimming with love for this vulnerable little human, there’s no hurdle you cannot jump.
When Brody hit his ten-month mark, his mother gave an insightful update into his overall health on Instagram: “This guy 😍😍. Brody had his initial intake appointment with CRCC today. We had started Brody at a daycare center a few weeks ago but with the uncertainties of Brody’s development and uncoordinated eating we’ve decided to take him to a different center with medical professionals on staff, therapies (PT, OT, Speech, and Feeding) available throughout the week, and weekly well checks. ** His lab work has always came back normal, and he’s had zero signs of seizure activity! Developmentally, he’s on his own path. We are excited to get some extra help from some great therapists!**”
In 2019, the couple was tested again and this time they were left with fear for their child's future.
The young boy was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and rare blood disorder. In his mother’s words, “We had amazing highs and some not so fun lows. Each day being different from the next but each day even more special than the last.” However, they were positive that if they’d come this far, they could go a lifetime with nothing but love and support for their son.
With some pestering questions from nosy people here and there, Brody's parents have so far met only kind and genuine people. On two occasions, his mother has received notes with $1000 checks addressed to “the beautiful baby”. The money was put into his health care and surgeries.
Born with a deformity of any kind in life is a challenge itself. However, if there is love and support from the right people, any obstacle can be overcome in life.
We wish this little ball of sunshine a bright and healthy future ahead!