The chance of us having a baby with Trisomy 18 are 1 to every 6-8,000. They say that 1 in every 400 babies have trisomy 18 but most end in miscarriages before they can diagnose it.
95% of babies with Trisomy 18 are miscarried or born still born.
50% of babies born alive don’t survive to their first week of life.
About 8% live to be 1 year old and only a small 1% make it to the age of 10.
As I was looking up statistics it was scary what I found. I found this statistics on a study done in England in 2009.
I was astounded at the amount of abortions there were. And deeply grieved. How sad that these little babies that have no voice are so easily discarded.
Looking at all of the statistics I realize what a miracle my little lady is. After her 26 week ultrasound the doctors gave us no hope. She was said to have 2 holes in her heart, a brain that wasn’t connecting, and so many more problems that it’s too much to list.
The fact that we could bring Juliet home as is with no machines, she never needed a ventilator, her nurse said she can’t even hear a murmur in her heart anymore…it’s a miracle.
She eats on her own, her digestive system is working, and her brain is connecting in some matter to tell her to suck, swallow, and breath all at the same time.
We were praying for a miracle, we just didn’t know what kind of miracle that would be. Now we know. The miracle of getting to know our little baby girl.
Only the Lord knows the number of her days, and sometimes I wish he would clue me in…but that’s where faith comes in. He has given me precious time to bond with this little girl. And I believe many miracles have been performed already to make her as strong as she is today. Thank you for your faith and your prayers. And thank you Jesus for this little Angel Girl!
Happy 2 Week Birthday little girl!! We love you!!