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.”
We wish little Bentley all the best
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