Emily Norris is proof that there always is a reason to choose life for a baby in the womb.
Before she was born, the now 7-year-old British girl was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder, the Metro reports. Doctors suggested an abortion when her mother, Nicol, was 20 weeks pregnant with her.
But Nicol Norris refused, and today she is incredibly thankful that she did.
“Doctors didn’t have the chance to influence our decision because as soon as they mentioned abortion we shot it down, as it was not something we’d ever consider,” she said. “And thank God we didn’t, as she’s doing really well now.”
According to the report, Emily, of Norwich, England, has a genetic disorder that is so rare that there is no name for it. Only 13 people in the world are believed to be living with it.
The disorder affects Emily’s lungs and kidneys, and she has undergone multiple surgeries already in her young life. For the first five years of her life, Emily ate through a feeding tube, her mother said.
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Here’s more from the report:
Emily’s right lung was made up of cysts due to a condition called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation, and 70% of it was removed before her first birthday. Doctors then discovered she had a multicystic dysplastic kidney which was removed when she was three.
But the little girl is an overcomer. Her mother described her as upbeat and energetic. She proudly announced Emily’s recent achievement of a bronze medal in karate, just a year after beginning the sport.
Her story is a beautiful example of the potential in every human life. Abortion destroys that potential and any hope for the future for that child. But choosing life, as Emily’s mother did, trusts that a child’s life is valuable, no matter what their abilities, and believes that every human being can overcome challenges and live a fulfilling life.
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