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Mom Refuses To Terminate Pregnancy, Then Her Baby Is Born With Swollen Head

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

In 2011, Lydia Rankin was born to parents Ruth and Paul. Doctors were shocked by Lydia’s adult-sized head. They prepared Ruth and Paul for the worst: death.

When Ruth was 20 weeks pregnant, doctors told her Lydia would be born with a rare brain disorder. They encouraged the mother to terminate her pregnancy.

“The 20 week scan where we found out about the condition was just before Christmas. It was horrible,” Ruth told The Mirror.

The couple refused to terminate the pregnancy. Lydia was born with her head swollen to the size of an adults and weighing more than 11 pounds.

Lydia was born with hydrocephalus and Alobar holoprosencephaly, a condition we’ve seen with baby Parker.

While doctors repeatedly told Ruth that it wasn’t even worth it to give birth to Lydia, that Lydia would die, the little girl is defying the odds one day at a time.

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See more of this miracle child’s story below…

Lydia Rankin was born with a swollen head, weighing over 11 pounds. Doctors prepared her parents, Ruth and Paul, to say goodbye to their baby girl.

The rare condition is called Aloba holoprosencephaly, where the two frontal lobes of the brain fail to celebrate. Lydia also has hydrocephalus where fluid builds up in the head causing it to expand.

“It has been a rollercoaster. We’ve been told three times in her life she was going to die but she’s a strong ox. She inspires all of us and her strength keeps us alive,”  Ruth told The Mirror. “She is our miracle,:

Ruth is correct, Lydia is a miracle. Expected to live only a few months, the baby girl is now 4 years old.

“Doctors said she wouldn’t live past a couple of months but she’s now four,” Ruth said. “Paul is my rock and we are just living each day as it comes. From day one he said, ‘Ruth, I just know she is going to be with us for a long time.'”

The journey hasn’t been easy. Lydia has required 40 surgeries and due to the condition, cannot sit, stand, or walk.

Everyday with their little girl is a blessing.

“Every day Paul and I wake up with Lydia we think, ‘Yes!’ We might not get her to five years old, we might not get her to six, but we live for now and take each day as it comes,” the mother said.

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