Doctors Told Parents to Abort One of Their Disabled Twins, Both are Now Healthy

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 28, 2019   |   6:59PM   |   Sydney, Australia

Doctors seem so quick to suggest abortion these days.

LifeNews has reported countless stories of parents who were encouraged to abort unborn babies with health problems. Many chose life, only to find that their baby was born healthy, while others who chose life went on to help their sick child receive the best medical care possible.

Such is the case with Australian couple Renee Baker and Gareth Norman, whose twins were diagnosed with twin-twin transfusion syndrome in the womb.

The Daily Mail reports the Adelaide family learned early on that their unborn sons, Kash and Sonny, had the potentially life-threatening disorder. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome blocks nutrients from one of the babies, sometimes causing that twin to die.

Doctors encouraged them to abort one of the twins, but Baker and her partner refused.

“The placenta fed more to Kash than to Sonny so at 20 weeks our obstetrician said we may have to sacrifice the small one to save Kash,” Norman said. “We instantly told the doctor no way. We were going for the both and would do anything we needed to have the best chance of Sonny and Kash surviving.”

Baker gave birth at 32 weeks of pregnancy on June 2, 2017, according to the report. Sonny weighed about half of what his brother did, and he had a hole in his heart. Doctors fitted him with a tiny pace maker until he was big enough to undergo heart surgery. Eventually, both twins were released from the hospital: first Kash, then Sonny.

“The first year at home was very tough, there was a lot of pressure on trying to get Sonny to tolerate as much milk as possible through his feeding tube,” their father said.

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“The boys are doing great now; Kash is ahead for his age in terms of size and development,” he continued. “Sonny is lagging about six weeks behind Kash, so every time Kash does something new, Sonny does it roughly six weeks later.”

They encouraged parents to follow their instincts for their children’s medical care.

“Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and don’t be afraid to tell a doctor you think they’re wrong or if something doesn’t feel right,” Norman said.

Tragically, babies in the womb are treated differently than babies who are born, especially when they have health problems. Parents frequently report feeling pressured to abort unborn babies with disabilities by doctors and genetic counselors.

But stories like the Adelaide family’s give parents hope and demonstrate that their unborn child’s life is worth fighting for.