Time and time again we hear of parents who place their faith in their values rather than the calculated advice of medical doctors.
In many cases, this might seem foolish, but when it comes to terminating a human life, many parents don’t see an option and choose life, no matter what.
Drew and Ariann Corpstein are these types of parents who, when they were told there was a good chance their baby would not be born alive, opted to continue to carry him anyway, putting their faith in God.
CBN reports that “Doctors told the expectant parents that their baby had developed a malformed brain tissue and that his brain had not, and would not fully develop. They diagnosed him with semi-lobar holoprosencephaly, a brain condition where the hemispheres only divide partially, instead of all the way.”
“During our 20-week ultrasound, which led to several others and a MRI quickly following, the doctors discovered our baby was missing most of his/her brain,” the couple explained on their GoFundMe page. “And instead of a brain, it was replaced with cerebral spinal fluid. The fluid was going to continue to expand the head of our baby. The head size was measuring about 3 weeks ahead of normal. We were told our baby wouldn’t live past several days, if not hours, or die before birth.”
They decided to do their best to pour their love into the pregnancy, regardless of the outcome, and, when it came time to induce Ariann, the unbelievable happened: their little boy was born, stronger and healthier than doctors could have predicted:
Two days later, on July 29, 2018, Matthew James was born, and miraculously he was not only alive but his heart was beating steadily on its own. Matthew was able to function and respond like a normal infant, something that the doctors did not expect.
Matthew was given an MRI and the doctors told the parents that they had misdiagnosed their child. Matthew didn’t have semi-lobar holoprosencephaly but instead had hydrocephalus, a separate but less dangerous condition that places fluid on the brain.
He had his brain drained so that the tissue could grow properly, and now has “every chance at a normal life.”
“We simply couldn’t believe what we were hearing! We had prepared for the last 4 to 5 months of not bringing a baby home, of using hospice and end of life care, and now suddenly Matthew’s chances of survival are high and having a fully functioning life could be possible,” Drew and Ariann wrote on Facebook. “It’s like buying a lottery ticket and actually winning the jackpot! We were overjoyed, and I just still can’t put into words how we feel about the amazing news. We know God was protecting us and our beautiful baby boy, and we had put our faith in His hands, come whatever may.”
Hallelujah and praise the Lord!!! 🙌🏼🙏🏽 I got both my drains out yesterday! Now to wait for my next MRI, when my doctors…
As the late Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, politics is downstream from culture.
And if we can hope to change the legislature to reflect a positive culture that embraces life and places trust and hope in a child’s worth and value as a human, we need to remember stories like these!