found out I was pregnant on April,22,2002. I was 5 1/2
weeks, and my first doctor's appointment went great.
He said I was due dec 22, and every thing was going
well until l around 20 weeks when they did the triple
screen test and it came back saying Madison tested positive
for open nero tube defect. They set me up for a amnio
test the same day at 3pm. I went in, and after the ultrasound
the man said it was a girl. I cried. I didn't want anything
to be wrong with my baby.
They did the amnio, and 2 weeks
later it came back as I was sitting in the doctor's
office waiting. On my first real ultrasound the doctor
came out and told me every thing was fine. There was
nothing wrong. I was so relieved.
After my second ultrasound the
lady also said it was a girl and every thing looked
great. That was on a Tuesday. The following Monday my
doctors called me and told me I needed to come back,
because the other test results came back and they needed
to talk to me about them. My mom and my sis took me.
The doctor came in the room and said he ran some more
tests on the chromosomes, and part of Madison's 5th
chromosome was missing.
I couldn't believe this was
happening to me. Here I was 25 years old and something
is wrong with my baby. My doctor told me to abort my
daughter. He sent me the same day to the genetics doctor,
and she talked to me about what was wrong and what to
expect. They did an ultrasound, and every thing looked
great. They set me up for another ultrasound on her
heart, and the heart doctor said it looked great also.
She was growing just as she should. I went back to my
doctor, and he wouldn't talk to me about any thing else
but aborting the baby.
I changed doctors right after
that. My new doctor, Dr. Hoffman, was so great. He did
supposed to. I was still going to my ultrasounds at
the genetics doctors. Everything was going great until
I was 37 weeks. Madison wasn't growing like she should
have been. At 37 weeks she was 3 lbs 12 oz. I went to
my OB the next day, and he talked about a c-section,
because Madison's weight wasn't good. The stress of
labor could make me deliver a stillborn, so he sent
me for the nonstress test. That went well, and that
following Saturday I went in to labor.
At 6pm, while I was in the bath,
I started bleeding. It freaked me out. I called my doctor,
and the doctor-on-call called me back. I told him about
what was wrong with Madison and what was going on with
me. He told me to come in, so I went to the hospital
at 7pm. I was dilated to a 2 and 75% effaced. The doctor
said he was going to let me have her naturally. An hour
later I was checked again and was dilated to a 4 and
was 5% effaced. .Madison's heart beat started to drop,
so they put me on oxygen and told me they were going
to do a c-section. I was never so scared in my life.
I just wanted my baby to be OK. They prepared me for
surgery, and Madison was brought into the world at 2:03am
on Dec,8th, 2002. She was 4 lbs 7oz and 17 in. long.
I didn't get to hold her, but
I did get to see her for la minute. They took her away
at 2:06am, and I got to see her for the first time 15
hours later. She was in the NICU hooked up to monitors
and an I-V. Madison's blood sugar dropped real low,
so she wasn't eating, and the doctors couldn't get her
to eat. I went home on Thursday, and Madison was still
in the NICU. I hated leaving my daughter, but I had
no choice. Madison got to come home when she was a week
old. That was the happiest day of my life.
On January 6th, 2003, we went
to the genetics doctors, and they confirmed that Madison
did have the chromosome defect called Criduchat Syndrome.
The doctors said she may never walk or talk, and if
she did, it would be much later in life. I am very proud
to say that Madison has started to walk (though not
a full-time walker) and to say certain words. She has
been doing alot of things the doctors said she would
never be able to do. She can feed herself; she has said
Ball, Mama, Duck, and Baby. She started really walking
this year with out her walker, and we no longer need
her wheelchair. She has learned to chew this year also,
which is a big help. She no longer chokes, and that
is a BIG relief to me. So far her kidneys are doing
good, so there's no need for a transplant. She loves
school and her new baby sister.
She truly is my Miracle Baby,
and I am proud to be her Mommy.
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