After a routine ultrasound scan showed mother Danielle Davis that her unborn baby Daisy had a cyst on her brain, doctors encouraged her to have an abortion. Thankfully she chose life and refused to take her baby’s life over a possible disability.
When Daisy was born, she was born with a condition known as Anopthalmia, meaning a lack of eyes. She will never be able to see and may eventually be fitted with cosmetic glass eyes. Despite her condition and physical appearance, Danielle says her daughter is “gorgeous.” And in an interview, Daniella says she has no regrets about her and her husband’s decision not to have an abortion.
Davis, a care worker from Cwmbran, South Wales, said: “It was a shock – we had never heard of it before and neither had any of our friends or family. People didn’t really know what to say when we told them.”
“But she is our gorgeous baby and we have no regrets about turning down a termination. We want to give Daisy as normal a life as possible and give her the same opportunities as other children,” she said.
Now eight weeks old and at home in Cwmbran, South Wales, beautiful Daisy acts “like any other baby” with her brothers, six-year-old Logan and four-year-old Tyler.
Later this month, Daisy will be fitted for glass eyes, to open up her eye cavities, so as to ensure that the bone and soft tissue around the eye socket grows properly. These will be replaced when she is about a year and a half old with more permanent, natural-looking eyes.
They also want to raise awareness of anophthalmia. The condition, which develops in the womb, may be caused by genetic mutations and abnormal chromosomes. Babies with anophthalmia may be born with one or both eyes missing.
Danielle and Andrew are now planning a 12,000-foot skydive to raise awareness of anophthalmia, and to raise funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People charity. They hope to raise £2,500 (approximately $3,700 U.S.).
Danielle explained, “I hope that by raising awareness, other parents won’t experience the same shock that we did, because they will know the condition it exists.”
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This amazing couple, whose unconditional love overcame their baby’s disability to give life, face the need for even more prayer. Last week, a test revealed that little Daisy is partially deaf, and she will be fitted with hearing aids soon.
To help sponsor the couple’s skydive, visit www.gofundme.com/q5n3ew.
In March 1988, Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes and crippled. He was officially diagnosed with bilateral anophthalmia with pterygium syndrome and congenital bilateral hip dysplasia.
His parents, Patrick John and Patricia Hughes, were devastated because their son’s future looked bleak; however, they quickly realized their son had endless possibilities. At only nine-months-old his father introduced Patrick to the piano and by his second birthday, he was playing requests. His father said, “I was just ecstatic, that you know– we’re not going to play baseball, but we are going to play music together.”