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Christopher - Newton, Massachusetts

I have always wanted a child, and finally it was time to try. I am 31 years old and from Newton Massachusetts. I found out I was pregnant on a Friday and 2 days later I found out it was ectopic. I had to have emergency surgery, loosing my right fallopian tube but saving the ovary my doctors anastamosed it to my left fallopian tube, recovery was rough...My emotions were all over the place, and I found myself to become depressed and angry. After 3 months I could try again.

We immediately started trying and it took 9 months for me to find out I was pregnant again. At this time I was considered "high risk" I found out at 2 weeks gestation and from that point on had at least 7 vaginal ultrasounds, being reassured that the pregnancy was progressing and everything looked fine I began to enjoy the beginning of motherhood. I found out that I was having a boy! We couldn't have been happier....I did everything I was suppose to do, I ate right, drank tons of fluid and had every test I could to rule out any issue that could be erupting. At the end of my pregnancy I left work a few months early, I was very swollen and tired. I am a nurse so it was difficult to be on my feet 8 hours a day.

I gave birth on a Sunday, May 7th, 2006. On the previous Thursday I thought my water had broke..I called my OB/GYN and they said if I start having contractions to come in. All that weekend I was miserable, contractions didn't start until Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, and did not become regular until Sunday morning at 2 am. I arrived at the hospital, they hooked me up to the monitor and saw that my contractions were slowing. Turned out my water did break on that Thursday and I was slowly leaking all that time. They told me I had to be induced because I was only dilated 1 cm. They started the pitocin drip and gave me antibiotics because of the fact that my water had been broken for so long. At this time my contractions were harder and stronger, and I was terrified. They gave me an epidural (which I highly recommend to anyone!) 10 minutes later I said "I feel like I have to push" They checked me and I was fully dilated and my husband said he could see the head. Now I started pushing and the medical team came in. My husband and my sister in law were in the room with me. I pushed probably a total of 10 times and he was out. As soon as they took him out, all I saw were his feet.

My husband looked shocked, he didn't look at me, and I kept saying "is he ok?, is he blue?" I heard him cry, a feel of relief came over me, I looked at my sister in law and she said nothing, I could see something was wrong but I thought it was just me being me, I usually always think there's something wrong! My husband looked pale. They wrapped the baby and brought him to me, I could see everyone looking at me, I unwrapped him immediately and to my surprise saw his right hand with a underdeveloped thumb and pinky and his three middle fingers had not grown beyond nubbs, with little tiny nails on them...I handed him back to the doctor, for a split second, I cried and cried. I didn't know what I did wrong. After I realized what I had done by giving him back I immediately wanted him, I wanted to hold him, to tell him it was going to be okay, But did I believe that? I remember holding on so tight to my husband crying why over and over, while I held baby Christopher in my arms. I didn't want to look at the rest of him because I was so scared there was something else wrong!

The next few days were filled with emotions I didn't know existed. I have never loved someone as I loved him. He was at that moment my life, my Christopher! He was beautiful! My family was wonderful through all of this. This experience has truly brought my entire family so close, Christopher has opened a brand new door, one that was locked for so long! I don't think he would be Christopher if his right hand was the same as his left. As I went back to my life, with my baby, I found that it was difficult for me to let people see his hand, will they tease him, how will they treat him? will he be able to do all the things any "normal" kid can do? I would cover his hand with mits, and tell people it's because he scratches his face, and I came to realize the only person I was hiding his hand from was me!

Update October 2007. Christopher is now going on 18 months old, and NOTHING stops him! He is using his hand just as if there was nothing wrong, he amazes me everyday. We were discharged from early intervention in July, but readmitted this month for fine motor skills. I was very excited to be back with them, they make a huge difference, as well as reassure us that he will be fine. Although he reassures me everyday of that fact! I have noticed though that he is starting to compare his hands, but I guess thats a good thing. Our last visit to Children's to see Dr. Peter Waters was a very good visit. Bones are starting to form in his nubbins which will give him more movement in the right hand, also The Doctor thinks that he is right handed. This will be a challenge in itself mainly because he could have tendon and nerve issues when he gets older form putting pressure on that hand. but the doctor thinks I should let is be what it is.

Through this website I met a very special person. His name is Kyle, and I hope to meet him and his family in person some day. His mother Amy was truly an angel to me. Through e-mail she helped me see Christopher as the beautiful person he is going to become, shortcomings and all. Christopher has taught me so much in the short time he has been with me, he is extremely advance for his age, and I know now what god takes away he gives back in other ways. Thank you for having this website. It has truly been my savor!

Robin, Fabio, and Christopher

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