Parents told their baby boy would not live long after birth received a big shock!

Dustin and Sierra Yoder, from Sugarcreek, a small town in Ohio, knew that Bentley had a rare condition in which his brain was growing outside his skull. Sierra Yoder said doctors told them that their son would not live long past his birth. If he didn’t die, she said doctors warned, he would live with no cognitive function.

She said she and her husband were urged to consider abortion — and they did — but the night before the procedure, they chose to continue the pregnancy.

Now, here they were, only hours from the delivery. They planned to meet their son. Then say goodbye.

“We were excited to meet him, even if it was only for an hour,” Sierra Yoder told The Washington Post. “We were just relieved he made it that far and we would get to meet him, living and breathing.”

But Bentley, his parents said, had other plans.

Now 7 months old, he is alive and alert after surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital put together a plan for what one called the “granddaddy” of cases to place his brain back into his cranium.

“It was a lifesaving procedure,” Mark Proctor, neurosurgeon in chief at Boston Children’s, told The Post. “But it will not restore a normal life.”

At 22 weeks, Sierra Yoder said, she and her husband went to see the doctor to find out the baby’s sex. Her doctor squeezed goo on her stomach for an ultrasound and took a peek.

Then, she said, he became somber — and horror hit them.

Yoder said it appeared that something was wrong with the baby’s head. Maybe he was missing his crown. Maybe more. It wasn’t clear. So, she said, she and her husband were sent to the hospital for further tests.

“I started bawling immediately,” she said. “I didn’t think he would make it.”

Read Bentley’s full story here on Washington Post.

We wish little Bentley all the best

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  • Such a beautiful baby and so strong – hope that something can be done for him and would love to hear updates.


  • What s beautiful little boy! No doubt there are many challenges ahead for him and his parents, but I bet they are very happy with decision to keep their baby. I wish you all the best.


  • Wow, a miracle wee Bentley is still alive and doing so well. Praying Gods hand may be continue to be upon him and his family and give them the strength and peace they need.


  • He’s a special little man having survived the odds. God must have a special purpose for him.


  • Honestly its disturbing to see. But i wish them the best.
    please keep posting updates.


  • Wishing Bentley and his parents all the best for the future.


  • What an amazing story. I wish Bently and his family all the best for tbe road ahead


  • What a gorgeous little bub. His parents are so brave. I wish them all the best


  • What a beautiful little boy the amazing story touched my heart I believe and Angel must’ve been watching over this little boy.


  • All the best little man. What a beautiful boy and big road ahead!


  • What a beautiful boy! And what a rare condition. I wish him all the best. I’m glad the mother decided not to abort him.


  • This is both sad and wonderful.


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