BABY Abigail Lynn Fisher should be living with her adoptive family in Georgia right now. Instead they abandoned her when they saw her birth defects.
It’s not the scenario birth mum Christina Fisher planned when she found out she was pregnant last year, reports Northwest Florida Daily News.
The 36-year-old had already raised one child and wasn’t prepared to raise another. So when she discovered she was pregnant she made the tough decision to find a loving home for her child.
But sadly when Abigail was born on January 11, her adoptive mother fled the hospital after seeing the newborn‘s deformities. She never came back.
“I took it as a sign that she was supposed to be mine,” said Christina, “And now, she is my heart …”
“Without her I would cease to exist.”
Christina was living in a caravan and found herself “basically homeless” toward the end of her pregnancy when the park closed.
Fischer and Abigail’s father were not in a relationship when she got pregnant. She had thought she was done with babies and little kids.
Her daughter, Debra, is 18 and finishing high school.
“Í wasn’t ready to start again,” Christina said.
She decided to give the baby up for adoption. Through an agency, she was paired with the family in Georgia. She talked to them weekly and sent them photos of the ultrasounds. All the prenatal tests were normal.
“Nothing was detected, they just told me her ears looked a little small,” she recalled of the prenatal testing.
“I let her (adoptive mum) take the other wristband into the NICU,” Christina said. “She came out crying, looked at Debra and left the hospital. We never heard from them again.”
The adoption agency was “appalled” by the news, Christina said, and the family has been “flagged” in the agency‘s system.
Doctors told Christina that her baby had Treacher Collins, a condition that affects the bones and tissue of the face, causing malformation.
Christina doesn’t see Abigail’s deformities. She sees “a little angel” and a “princess.”
“I can’t imagine my life without her,” she said.
Symptoms of Treacher Collins syndrome via Better Health
Symptoms and signs range from barely noticeable to severe and disabling. Typically, the characteristics of a person with Treacher Collins syndrome may include:
•small jawbone (micrognathia)
•disproportionately large mouth (macrostomia)
•small or absent cheekbones
•large and pointed nose
•droopy misshaped eyes with notched lower lids
•absent lower eyelashes
•absent floor of the eye sockets
•overgrowth of scalp hair onto the cheeks
•low-set, misshapen, small or absent ears
•deformities of the ear canal
•conductive hearing loss or conductive deafness, caused by malformations of inner ear structures.
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