A biological mother has decided to continue caring for her child after the latter was rejected by her adoptive mother due to birth defects. The female who was supposed to adopt the baby girl freaked out after seeing her and fled.
A Florida mother has bravely decided to keep the baby girl she gave birth to recently. She was convinced about caring for the baby after the woman who was to adopt her, ran out on her after she saw the baby was born with a rare birth defect. The baby suffered from a genetic defect that has left her with facial deformities, reported AOL News.
Christina Fisher of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, had to take a very tough decision when she found out she was pregnant last year. By her own admission, she wasn’t capable to care for an infant, as she was barely making ends meet. The 36-year-old single mother describes herself as “basically homeless,” reports Northwest Florida Daily News.
The woman had already raised an 18-year-old daughter and having gone through the emotional and financial ordeal of nurturing a child without spousal assistance, Beach dreaded the day she would have to start caring for another child. She was certain the baby’s father was of no help and would have to once again scrape enough resources to feed herself and the child, while desperately trying to secure a roof over their heads.
Being in no position to raise a child by herself, Beach took the painful decision of putting up her soon-to-be-born child for adoption, reported People. She set about the task of securing a better future for her child by handing over the kid to a nice family in Georgia. However, when the time came for the child to be handed over to the adoptive mother, things took a very ugly turn. After a single glance at Fisher’s baby girl, Abigail Lynn, the adoptive mother, panicked and fled the hospital, never to be seen again, shared the single mom.
“I let [the adoptive mom] take the other wristband into the NICU. She came out crying and left the hospital. We never heard from them again.”
After the woman who was to be the mother to young Abigail fled, Fisher took it as a God-given sign that she was to care for the baby girl.
“After the adoptive mother fled, I took it as a sign that she was supposed to be mine. And now, she is my heart. I’m not a religious person at all, but I know when something is smacking me in the face. I just knew I would never be able to give her up. I would always be wondering if they were taking care of her properly.”
Having thoroughly examined the baby, doctors have confirmed that she has Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects facial development, reported the Daily Mail. The condition isn’t fatal and neither is it steadily degenerative. Additionally, the condition doesn’t affect the brain, nor does it hinder its development. However, the condition does affect the cheekbones, jaw, ears, and eyelids physically.
Fortunately, besides needing cochlear implants when she gets older, baby Abigail will grow up as a normal child. But her mother will need whatever financial help she can get.
Having accepted the baby with birth defects as her own child, Fisher is now living with a friend in a two-bedroom apartment. The woman now works at a fast food restaurant to support her daughter. Fisher added that she isn’t angry at the prospective family or the adoptive mother for abandoning her child solely because of a birth defect. However, she will never reveal to her daughter about the circumstances that led her to accept the baby girl as her own.
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