Doctors are the experts. They are supposed to be the ones who know best about a person’s current and future health.
But, increasingly, parents have been coming forward with stories about how doctors predicted the worst for their unborn babies and pressured them to have abortions. But today, their children are alive and well.
Such is the case for Scotland mother Samantha Dukes, whose son Dexson now is a thriving preschooler.
The Daily Record reports Dexson was diagnosed with spina bifida, conjoined kidneys and a brain disorder when his mother was 22 weeks pregnant with him.
Dukes, who lives in Aberdeen, said her doctors predicted the worst for Dexson, saying he would die at birth or soon afterward. She said they encouraged her to have an abortion.
Here’s more from the report:
At one point, the 33-year-old was so traumatised she almost took the doctor’s advice and turned up at the hospital asking for an abortion.
But, when it could not be done that day, the mum-of-two decided it was “God’s will” she was meant to keep her baby.
Now as she watches Dexson, running around, she knows she was right not to give up on her son.
Despite Dukes’ resolve, doctors continued to pressure her to abort her unborn son – about 20 times, according to her estimate.
“But even when I was 33 weeks’ pregnant, I was still being asked, ‘Are you sure you want to continue? it’s not too late,’” she remembered. “I was asked if I wanted one [an abortion] every time I had an appointment. I was told because he had no cerebellum in his brain he wouldn’t even be able to hold his head up, he’d be a vegetable.”
Courageously, she continued to believe that her son’s life was worth fighting for.
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On March 24, 2014, she gave birth to Dexson via cesarean section, according to the report. He underwent several surgeries during the first few weeks of life, but his mother said he was a fighter.
Four years later, Dexson can walk short distances on his own, and he attends preschool with other children in the community, his mother said.
His spina bifida does cause pain in his back and legs, and eventually, he will need another surgery on his spinal cord; but Dukes said he does not complain.
“You never hear him complain,” she said. “He’s such a happy little boy and I’m awfully proud to be his mum.
“He’s a wee miracle,” Dukes continued. “To look at him, you’d think there was nothing wrong with him. He’s an inspirational little boy.”