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Doctors told her abortion might be the best option, now her precious baby is beating the odds

A baby is celebrating his 10th week of life, despite being born five weeks early with a hole in his diaphragm
Mon Aug 4, 2014 - 7:05 pm EST
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A baby boy in Britain is celebrating his 10th week of life, despite being born five weeks early with a hole in his diaphragm that left his stomach and intestines developing in his chest cavity – a condition that his doctors said should make the parents consider abortion.

Samuel Wilson was only given a 50/50 chance of survival after routine scan at 20 weeks' gestation found that he had congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Doctors did an amniocentesis test to check if he had Down syndrome.

Eventually his mother, Vicki Davies and her boyfriend Gavin Wilson were then advised that abortion may be the best option, given Samuel's low odds of survival.

"I knew I had to just give him a chance at survival," Vicki said.

Samuel was put in an incubator immediately after being born on May 23. Doctors gave up on him, again, just six days his birth, telling Vicki "that they could do no more for him."

But Samuel survived, and on June 10 had an operation to move his organs lower in his torso. She said her son "wouldn't be here without" the staff at the baby care unit and Liverpool Women's Hospital, whom Vicki calls "amazing."

Now, Vicki says Samuel is developing well, even feeding on a bottle, and is close to coming home after transferring to a baby care unit. Her other three children "love him to bits."

“I want to raise awareness of CDH and show people that it is not all negative. Your baby can survive this," Vicki said.

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