Parenting is difficult, and selfless.
For decades, you’re responsible for the actions and growth of another human being, and that’s a lot of pressure. A lot of responsibility. And the thing is, no parent is ready to become one, and fast forward a few years, their kid becomes an upstanding member of society and they realise that they weren’t bad parents after all.
Sara Heller and her husband were told when they were 24 weeks pregnant that their child has a bilateral cleft lip. This was a severe condition, and meant that the baby wouldn’t be able to eat, drink, or even breathe.
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Doctors asked if they wished to abort their baby.
The mother turned it down, saying she loved her baby regardless.
“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.”
Obviously, there were a lot of uncomfortable questions.
But she decided to use it as a learning experience
“I decided to educate rather than create a confrontation because that is what I want Brody to do in the future. I will want him to educate, to be an advocate for younger cleft kids who don’t have their own voice yet.”
In the end, because of their love and affection for their child, they were able to scrounge together enough money for a surgery.
And Brody underwent these operations excellently. He’s got more in his future, but for now, he’s a healthy growing boy. Sara was astounded by the support she had.
“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.”