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Kyle - Lake Villa, Illinois

 

Kyle is our second child. He has a 4-year-old brother named Sean. We tried to have Kyle for two years, and finally with a little assistance from a fertility clinic we were successful!

We did not know that he would be born missing fingers. I had many ultrasounds because my pregnancy was considered high risk due to a uterine anomaly. During one of my ultrasounds in the beginning, I had noticed that one of his arm buds was much shorter than the other. The technician said it was nothing. During another one of my ultrasounds at the end of my pregnancy I thought I saw that he was missing fingers and again was told that, "His hand was just in a fist." I didn't question it. I completely let it go and pushed any thought of missing fingers out of my head.

On December 10th 2003 Kyle was born, 7lbs-12oz, 21inches. They did not give him to me right away. I didn't think much of that, I just kept asking for him. It wasn't too long before they handed him to me. I first looked at his face and how small he was. At this point everyone else in the room, including my husband, had seen his hand and no one said a word to me. I found it on my own. I was shocked and scared and wondered how the world would treat him. All these thoughts came so quickly. I was upset and depressed and wondered why me, why us? How could our child ever be "okay"? This happened to other people, I saw stories like this on Dateline or 20/20.
For the first two to three months I was not okay with this. I loved him so much all I could think was how to protect him from the big bad world. My love for him was overwhelming and in such a different place than I ever knew love could go or be. I had been shown the other side of the universe and I didn't want to be there. My husband was wonderful from day one. He honestly didn't see this as a big deal at all. His strength has helped me through this.

As time went on, I saw more of Kyle's personality come through. I studied his hand less and less. Then a week went by and I realized I hadn't even looked at his hand. His smile melts my heart. I can tell you, I only see Kyle now. My heartache about "why me" is gone. I have concerns from time to time, like will kids hurt him? Will he love himself? He is only 7 months old and I have a lot to discover and go through as far as dealing with the public.

I think I'm doing pretty well so far. Kyle is doing very well. He uses his hand extremely well. He is so wonderful and beautiful. His personality far outweighs any limb difference. He is perfect in my eyes. He has taught me so much about acceptance and a love that took me to the other side of the universe where life is beautiful.

It has been discovered that Kyle has Symbrachydactly, basically caused by an interruption of blood flow. Kyle is currently sitting up, and has been for about a month, and he is starting to crawl. Nothing slows him down. He's going to be just fine. He also has a wonderful big brother who won't let anyone mess with him. Seeing the two of them laugh together is priceless. I would not trade either one of my children for the world.

To communicate with Kyle you can email his parents, Amy and Walter .

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