Grace Anslow became pregnant at the same time she was receiving treatment for end-stage kidney failure. The medical condition should have made it so she was very unlikely to be able to conceive a baby, but Anslow became pregnant.
Doctors told Anslow that her pregnancy could result in losing her life as well as that of her unborn child, but the 19-year-old woman decided not to have an abortion that would certainly destroy her baby’s life.
The London Daily mail newspaper reports that Anslow has now given birth to Ava, a healthy 6lbs 7oz girl who was born in April. From the story:
‘She’s my little miracle,’ said single mother Grace, a former hotel worker from Birmingham.
‘When I look at her I can hardly believe what we have both been through.
‘I was advised to terminate her because doctors thought there was a chance the pregnancy would kill me because of the risk of pre-eclampsia.
‘And, if I survived, there was a high chance she would be born very premature for the same reason. That, too, may have led to complications with her health and she may not have survived.
‘When I told the consultants I was pregnant, they said it was very unexpected.
‘People told me: “Don’t give your baby a nickname and don’t get attached” as not many people have got pregnant while in my condition.’
Forced to choose between risking her own life and giving her unborn child a chance of survival, Grace said there was only one decision she could make.
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‘It was all really upsetting and I was very depressed about it all,’ she said.
‘I had to think long and hard about what to do. Eventually, I picked myself up and decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.
‘I thought it would be the best thing that had ever happened in my life if it worked out.
‘The baby would give me a reason to live.’