Baby Born With Brain Outside Her Skull Thrives After Parents Reject Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 5, 2014   |   2:22PM   |   London, England

Faith Martin was born with a birth defect called a cystic hygroma. Some abortion advocates are quick to dehumanize babies with this or similar conditions, calling them less than human and saying they should be aborted because their quality of life is supposedly too low.

faithmartinShe was diagnosed during a pregnancy scan and her parents were told she would probably not be able to breathe at birth and wouldn’t be resuscitated, according to a London Daily Mail report. They were warned that even if she survived she could be severely disabled.

But when it came time to have an abortion or give their baby life, her parents chose life.

Eventually, little Faith Martin had surgery to remove the protrusion and is not believed to have suffered any long-term problems. Now, she’s at home with her family.

Here’s more on this very touching and inspiring story:

A baby born with part of her brain outside her skull is thriving despite doctors giving her little chance of survival. Faith Martin, now aged three months, was not expected to breathe on her own when she was born.
Doctors also explained to her heartbroken parents Jessica Williams, 20, and Aaron Martin, 21, that they wouldn’t intervene if she couldn’t.

During a 17-week pregnancy scan at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital her parents were told she had the rare condition encephalocele. Encephalocele is described as a sac-like protrusion of the brain, and the membranes that cover it, through an opening in the skull. It happens when the neural tube – an embryo’s precursor to the central nervous system which comprises the brain and spinal cord – does not close completely during pregnancy.

faithmartin2‘They said that a termination was completely up to us and did we want to go away and think about it?

‘But if there was any chance at all then we wanted to give it to her. We never gave termination a thought.’

An operation took place at Newcastle’s RVI on January 10 when she was three months old.



This saw surgeons remove the protrusion – which contained excess brain fluid and dead brain matter – and fit a shunt to redirect any further fluid build-up to her stomach.

‘She’s quite a determined little thing. She’s our little miracle.’

Photo Credit: London Daily Mail