My story begins with my amazing daughter. She had her first child at 24 years old in March of 2017. She was lucky to have a smooth, healthy pregnancy and delivery. She’s always been big on helping people, her job is working with troubled youth and she’s great at it. Being the kind of person she is, she decided to help a couple that couldn’t carry a child on their own; therefore, she began the process to become a surrogate. She was matched with a couple shortly after beginning the process and was pregnant by December 2017. In January she suggested the Panorama test to find out the gender of the baby and test for any chromosomal abnormalities. The parents agreed it would be nice to find out the gender at 10 weeks. When the results came it wasn’t the gender. The baby tested 90% positive for Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome. Haven feared the parents would not be accepting of the diagnosis, and she was right. They requested she abort the baby and they try again with a “healthy” fetus. She requested they get an amniocentesis before they made a final decision. Weeks later they had the amnio and it came back positive as well. She decided to refuse the abortion. They had purposefully created this baby and she would not end its life because they thought Down Syndrome deserved a death sentence. As soon as she refused the abortion the parents pulled her insurance and all reimbursements for the pregnancy. This also meant all unpaid doctor bills went to Haven due to her being the patient. The agency lawyers were called in and she got a local attorney. He made an agreement with the parents that if Haven and her husband never sought support from them or tried to contact them they would sign their rights over so she and her husband could adopt the baby. They quickly agreed along with a no contact order so they could never come back and tell the baby who they were. Since then they have discovered the baby has an AV Canal heart defect that will need to be operated on by 4 months. Due to all the previous medical bills and future expenses they need a little help to provide for their beautiful baby girl. Anything will help and is greatly appreciated.
Down Syndrome is not a death sentence
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