We're expecting our 3rd child in July. We had an ultrasound preformed at 28 weeks and discovered he has anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Here's our story and experiences
Friday, June 25, 2010
After Jack was born, and we got settled in the room, I thought how thankful we really are. You may ask, how can someone be thankful at a time like this? We knew the outcome was fatal. We're thankful that we were able to concieve him. We all know couples that either can't have children or have problems and risks associated with it. They need to be in our prayers that hopefully someday their prayers may be answered.
We're thankful that we had time to prepare for him to enter and exit this world so soon. Just the other day, a friend in a local town died of a heart attack. I'm sure friends and family have questions that will go unanswered. Even though we don't and probably won't know what caused his anenecephaly, we were able to understand what it is, and prepare ourselves mentally for his arrival.
We're thankful for the friends and family that we have.
Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull.
Anencephaly is one of the most common neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain.
Anencephaly occurs early in the development of an unborn baby. It results when the upper part of the neural tube fails to close. Why this happens is not known. Possible causes include environmental toxins and low intake of folic acid by the mother during pregnancy.
Anencephaly occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births. The exact number is unknown, because many of these pregnancies result in miscarriage. Having one infant with this condition increases the risk of having another child with neural tube defects
We have recieved so many kind words, prayers, and stories from people that have reached out to us.