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Told She could abort up until the day before delivery, British Mother Defies Experts Advice

by | Oct 6, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Proud mother Kerry Holmes with Morgan

Whenever possible I try to make the last story of the day one that illustrates courage in the face of opposition. Often that is a story of a mother rejecting “expert” advice to abort.

Such was the case with Kerry Holmes, who lives in Swindon in Southwest England.  Had she listened to doctors four years ago, she would not have been saying goodbye to her son, Morgan, as he trekked off to primary school last month. She was told she could abort up until the day before she delivered.

At her five-month ultrasound, Kerry was told the worst. Beginning with a female consultant who, Kerry said, “looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘I’m really sorry, but your child is going to be brain-damaged.’”

Later they talked about “borderline hydrocephalus.” By the sixth month, doctors had upped the negativity: now there might be “major brain damage.”

Kerry told reporter Amanda Revell Walton that she and her boyfriend were then told they could abort. “The counsellor said they could find a doctor to perform a termination right up to the day before the baby was due,” Kerry said.

Looking for a shred of good news, Kerry said she told them she needed more  information. The response? How about a MRI scan to see if the baby was brain-dead?! He wasn’t, and Kerry “was so pleased,” she said. “From that moment on, I knew I couldn’t get rid of my baby.”

Morgan has Goldenhar Syndrome, an extremely rare condition which meant he was born with a missing eye and ear. “He also has a tracheotomy to help him breathe and a further congenital abnormality known as ‘butterfly vertebrae’, which may cause his spine to curve as he grows,” according to Walton. But Morgan is also a bright, inquisitive young boy.

You can read Kerry’s and Morgan’s story.  But let me offer one final quote.

“The doctors can’t believe he’s alive – never mind attending a mainstream primary school,” Kerry told Walton. “I’m not surprised, though. I know Morgan will do whatever he wants in life.”

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