Do you believe in miracles?
While most new parents would be spending time preparing a nursery or going over their birthing plan, Stephen and Erika Jones were doing the hardest thing a parent would ever have to do: plan their newborn daughter’s funeral.
When Erika was just 18 weeks pregnant, doctors revealed that the Jones’ child had Down syndrome. Erika wrote in a blog post that the couple was excited and honored to have a special needs child, but then at 30 weeks pregnant, they got some absolutely devastating news.
Doctors told the Florida couple they had discovered a large mass on their baby’s brain. They believed it to be a malignant brain tumor, and the risk to operate on the newborn was extremely high.
They then gave the heart-wrenching message that she would die shortly after birth. The couple, who also has a 2-year-old named Audrey, believed they were given a death sentence for Abigail and planned pediatric hospice for her. They even did a beautiful photo shoot to memorialize their newborn that went viral shortly after her birth.
Being a neurological nurse herself, Erika told the Boston Herald she took the news as truth and fact, but as Abigail grew bigger with each passing day, she wondered about the diagnosis. That’s when they contacted the Boston Children’s Hospital and had neurosurgeon Dr. Alan R. Cohen review Abigail’s case.
Thankfully, he was a bit more optimistic, believing the tumor was benign, and so he decided to operate. The surgery was an overwhelming success, and on October 12, 2015, Abigail was released from the hospital, despite all the odds against her.
When Erika Jones was 18 weeks pregnant with her second child, she and her husband Stephen were told the baby would have Down syndrome. At 30 weeks, they received devastating news that the newborn would likely die shortly after birth because of a malignant tumor on her brain.
Abigail was born on August 6, 2015. Shortly after, the family had a beautiful photo shoot done to memorialize their daughter. The touching yet heart-wrenching photos quickly went viral online.
The Florida family took the doctors' diagnoses as fact, but wondered if they were wrong as Abigail was eating and growing like a normal baby. They contacted Boston Children's Hospital to take a second look and were overjoyed when their head neurosurgeon wanted to operate.
Dr. Al Cohen saved the newborn's life and on October 12, Abigail was able to go home with her family.
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