Doctors told a pregnant Lisa Davison that she needed to have an abortion or both she and her unborn baby would die. But the British mom rejected their suggestion and went on to have a healthy baby.
When her doctors discovered a blood clot in her womb larger then her developing baby, Lisa faced a decision about whether to take the life of her unborn child in order to save her own. It’s an ethical question that even divides pro-life people on what is really pro-life in this sort of a situation.
She told a British newspaper: “They took me in a room and said I would have to make the choice because we were both so very poorly.”
“Something in my head told me to keep him,” she told the Chronicle. “Somehow I was always sure he was going to be ok.”
Now, baby Danny is happy and healthy after he defied the odds and expectations of Lisa’s physicians and survived the rest of the pregnancy and birthing process.
Lisa, 40, first became concerned about her unborn son when doctors discovered the amniotic sac was not attached to the wall of her womb.
Concerns heightened more when medics found the giant haematoma, or blood clot, that was out-growing her baby.
Mum-of-three Lisa said: “I was in hospital for three months because I was bleeding so much, and everyday I was being told the baby wasn’t going to survive.
“I was losing a lot of blood and they were really worried for me.
“The problems started from week 15. By week 19 they were telling me he wasn’t going to make it.”
When Lisa explained the situation to her two older children, Ross, 21, and Beth, 18, and partner Darren, 42, they gave her a simple message – “follow your heart”.
She said: “Somehow I just always had the feeling he would make it.”
By the time Lisa reached her 33rd week of pregnancy, baby Danny decided he could wait no longer. An emergency Caesarean Section was carried out at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and Danny was born weight 4lbs, 4oz – but was not responsive.
Put onto special breathing apparatus, he made it through his first few days only to contract necrotizing enterocolitis, or dying tissue in his bowel.
Lisa said: “He was so ill he had to be resuscitated and then had blood transfusions.”
Further surgery followed but Danny, now seven-months-old, refused to give up, despite being on life support numerous times.
Lisa added: “Slowly, he started to get better.
“When I look at him now, I really can’t believe it. He shouldn’t be here but he is, and he’s a joy to look at everyday.”