A British mother who refused doctors’ pressure to abort her son after her water broke just halfway through the pregnancy is now celebrating his 1st birthday.
Mhairi Morris had just had her 20-week scan – which revealed a healthy baby boy with no visible problems – when her water unexpectedly broke, leading her doctors to insist that she abort, reported the Surrey Mirror.
Morris told the Mirror that doctors at East Surrey Hospital called her 20-week-old baby a “non-viable fetus,” and said he would die no matter what. They told her that allowing labor to progress naturally would do nothing to save the baby, but could put her at risk of a potentially lethal infection.
“Doctors were very brutal; in no uncertain terms, they told us he was non-viable,” Morris told the Mirror. “We were just shocked. That was how blunt they were, we had to get rid of it.”
But Morris refused, saying there was “no way” she would abort her child. “If he was still moving and his heartbeat was strong, who are we to not give him a chance?” she said. “We would forever think, 'What if?'”
Doctors told Morris that the baby would be born within 48 hours of her water breaking, but they were wrong. She lasted another three weeks without a single contraction before finally going into labor. When contractions began at 23 weeks, Morris and her baby were rushed to a better-equipped hospital in Portsmouth, where they administered drugs to postpone labor. They held the contractions at bay for another two weeks, at which point baby Jett was born, tiny, but healthy.
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“It was a very dramatic delivery,” Morris told the Mirror. “It resulted in me having a massive blood loss and being rushed into theatre for a blood transfusion.”
Jett, on the other hand, handled the delivery like a champ. “He was doing amazingly, even the doctors said that Jett didn't have any symptoms of premature babies such as respiratory problems. He was just tiny. He was the size of my husband's hand.”
Today, Jett is a healthy 1-year-old boy. Morris says the only lasting issues he has are two fairly minor heart defects that haven’t caused any trouble.
“This whole year has gone by so quickly,” Morris said of Jett’s birthday. “It's such a huge milestone. I one hundred percent felt we needed to give him a chance. There was no way we would lose him.”