Un couple catholique du Texas a choisi de mener la grossesse à terme.
Thomas a survécu 5 jours.
“Look at him!” Deidrea cried. “He’s beautiful!”
“Come on, sweetie,” she pleaded as labor nurse LeAnn Phelps laid her newborn on her chest. “You’ve got to cry for Mommy.”
Thomas mewled. Then he wailed, silencing the room.
Wide-eyed, T.K. watched the medical team evaluate his son. Thomas weighed nearly 7 pounds. There was a misshapen gap where his upper lip should’ve been. Though his heart rate was stable and steady, his ashen skin indicated oxygen deprivation caused by malformed heart valves. He had six fingers on each hand, another common effect of trisomy 13.
Giggling, T.K. called over his shoulder. “He’s got extra fingers on both hands, baby!”
“He is an overachiever,” Deidrea called back.
A nurse swaddled Thomas in a yellow blanket and laid him in T.K.’s arms.
“You’re such a fighter,” T.K. said, nuzzling his son.
“He’s Superman,” Deidrea said. “He’s got your chin, honey.”
“He got a goatee?” T.K. cracked.
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The Lauxes also got a call from a Texarkana couple who’d heard of them from church friends. They were in their 20s and had just learned that their unborn baby had a fatal trisomy diagnosis.
They lacked many of the resources the Lauxes had – including specialists close to home, insurance covering every medical bill and hospice. And their preacher told them they’d go to hell if they terminated the pregnancy.
Deidrea spent an hour reassuring the husband that people who hadn’t been there couldn’t understand the choice they faced. The couple would know the right decision, she told him, and no one else should judge.