A North Carolina baby is thriving at home just months after she was born with several of her organs outside of her body.
Baby Elliotte Sargent of Wilmington, North Carolina had two life-saving surgeries within the first eight days of her birth to fix part of her body that was “inside out,” the Daily Mail reports. Doctors said the little girl is doing well at home, and probably will not need any more surgeries.
Elliotte was born in September weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces; but doctors detected her rare condition months earlier during an ultrasound scan, according to the report.
Her condition is known as gastroschisis, a rare defect where the abdominal wall does not close, allowing organs to grow outside the body. In Elliotte’s case, her stomach, bowels, fallopian tubes and ovaries were outside of her body, according to the report.
Just minutes after she was born, Elliotte was rushed into surgery to place her organs back inside her body, said Mary Sargent, her mother. She had a second surgery eight days later to close up the hole in her abdomen, and only then could Mary and her husband, William, hold her.
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“Then, finally, I got to hold her,” Mary Sargent said. “It was an awesome moment. Completely wonderful.”
Elliotte spent 63 days in the hospital before she was well enough to go home, the report states.
“She’s my miracle,” her mother said. “I wouldn’t be without her.”
The report does not mention abortion, but it has become fairly common for doctors to recommend abortion, or “termination,” when unborn babies are diagnosed with anomalies, especially when they are life-threatening. Sometimes, parents in these situations even report feeling pressured to abort their child.
But as stories like Elliotte’s show, there always is hope when parents choose life for their unborn babies.