Parents REFUSE to abort ‘deformed’ baby… and just look at him now!
By Faye James
November 25 2018
When parents Sara Helliar and Chris Eidam were expecting their first child they were over the moon.
Yet at 24 weeks, the ultrasound showed a deformity in their un-born son and their doctor gave them the option to abort their baby.
Their baby, who they had already named Brody was diagnosed with a bilateral cleft lip palate, but Sara and Chris were adamant they wanted to keep their son.
A cleft palate or cleft lip is a birth condition caused by failure of the mouth parts to join up during early fetal development - it can affect speech, feeding and even breathing.
But Sara refused to listen to doctors who suggested an abortion was an option because to her, her unborn child was ‘beautiful’.
“It is OK to be proud of your baby no matter the circumstances. We wanted to change what ultrasound/newborn/first year pictures on our Facebook/Instagram accounts looked like. We wanted to spread awareness of cleft lips and palates," she told Heart Eternal.
This is a picture she posted when little Brody was born
But despite being determined to educate people on cleft lip palates, they still received a lot of negative comments.
"What's wrong with his face?" wrote one user on their Instagram account.
And instead of getting angry, Sara chose to turn a negative into a positive and try to answer all questions clearly and easily.
And now aged two, after surgeries and treatments, Brody is a happy and healthy two-year-old! Just look at him!
The family admit that life hasn't been easy - as Brody still has trouble eating - but a surprise act of kindness from a stranger has really boosted their faith that Brody will be OK. One evening when the family were out for dinner, a surprise gift from a fellow diner left the mother in tears.
Her waitress brought over a piece of paper and when she opened it up Sara found a cheque for $1,000 with the note ‘For your beautiful baby’.
"Tears fell from my eyes immediately and the happiness my heart felt is indescribable," Sara confessed.
The generous gift helped the parents pay for Brody’s first surgery and he will undergo more as he grows.
"This experience has shown us just how strong the cleft community is. We've been contacted by people all over the country. They are praying for us and asking us to reach out if we need anything."