Imagine being told your baby has a 50/50 chance of surviving a rare, life-threatening condition. I kind of can't imagine it, because every time I try, I get a lump in my throat and feel like I'm going to hyperventilate. But 20-year-old Rebecca Turner, god love her, showed remarkable courage when her daughter Scarlett was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (which means the left side of her heart didn't develop during Rebecca's pregnancy). Doctors gave the young mom the option to terminate when the defect was discovered at her 20-week scan, but Turner refused. Instead of seeing her daughter's heart as half-empty, she saw it half-full.
And sure enough, at just a few days old, Scarlett made it through a seven-and-a-half-hour surgery to get an artificial tube; at 8 months, she endured an eight-and-a-half-hour surgery to attach a vein from her neck to her heart. Now, at 9 months old, she's not just surviving -- she's thriving! Says Rebecca:
“She’s a little fighter. When I hold her now I just can’t believe how healthy and happy she is. She’s my miracle baby.”
Scarlett is a fighter for sure, but as a mom, I'm really impressed by Rebecca's strength. Both times I was pregnant (especially with the first), I lived in fear, terrified my babies wouldn't be born healthy. (Honestly, I sort of blame What to Expect When You're Expecting.) A 50/50 chance of survival? I think I would have lost my mind when the doctor gave me that news. But Rebecca did the opposite, and it quite literally saved her daughter's life.
Do you know anyone with a baby who beat the odds?