Culture of Life

They refused to abort their baby boy with trisomy 18. Now he’s their ‘precious bundle of joy’

April 22, 2015 ( – Alfie Hillman is thought to be the only child in Wales with the rare genetic condition mosaic trisomy 18. The rare disorder caused him to be born premature at 28 weeks, weighing just one pound, three ounces. The diagnosis was made when Alfie’s mother, Sharron Swales, was 27 weeks along in her pregnancy. The physicians who delivered the bad news also prompted the boy’s parents to consider an abortion, because they only expected Alfie to live a few minutes after he was born. “It was the hardest thing we’ve been through,” Swales told the South […]