Christopher likely will never be able to walk or talk, but his parents knew that those were not good reasons for ending his life in an abortion.
Pam and Tom Rogers, of Canberra, Australia, said their son is severely disabled, but they treasure every day together, The Mirror reports.
Christopher, now 6, caught the virus CMV while he was in the womb, according to the report. Pam said the virus caused a number of problems, and, at 31 weeks of pregnancy, her unborn son showed signs of microcephaly and an underdeveloped brain.
“I don’t even think devastated covers it. We were absolutely gutted,” his mother remembered.
Doctors suggested that the Rogers consider a late-term abortion – even though Christopher was viable and she was nearing her due date, according to the report. The family refused.
When Christopher was born in 2013, he was diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebral palsy, the report states. His parents said he also is blind and deaf in one ear.
Pam said caring for her son is “challenging,” but they are trying to make the most of every day.
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“One day the demands of his body will be too much for the capacity of his brain and we have no way of knowing when that’s going to be,” she said. “There’s no way of knowing exactly how long we’ve got him for. We try and live each day to the fullest so that when that day does come we have no regrets.”
She shared her story to raise awareness about the CMV virus, which can be spread to an unborn baby as a result of not washing your hands enough while pregnant. Rogers said her retail job may have been what caused her son to contract the virus.
The Rogers family’s story also is a reminder about the value of every human life. Babies in the womb who are diagnosed with disabilities deserve the same rights and care as born babies. Their location makes them no less worthy of health care and protection.