Every now and then we come across a story which gives you hope that ordinary people in the world know what’s right and wrong, instinctively and are prepared to shout it out. A Chilean woman, Bernardita, publicised her situation, that her precious unborn child, Jose was not expected to live long after birth because he had anencephaly, she gave a strong message to the world that life should always be valued and protected no matter how long or short. Bernardita’s story is heart warming because while we have people like this who will not be cowed into choices that are anti life, we can live in hope that the world will see the preciousness of the unborn child and fight for that life.
How cool are they?? It is amazing to see that when an individual thinks outside the box, like this trainer has done, what can be achieved for those in our society who are viewed with pity instead of the potential of what they can actually do.
Scroll down the Facebook page to May 18th post to have a treat ….
Born of peasant stock in Roccaorena, Italy, Rita desired to remain a virgin from her youth, but her parents insisted that she marry. The husband they chose proved to be a man of violent temper. Rita courageously abided his cruelty. Upon his death, she entered the Augustinian convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Cascia, taking the veil in 1413. Rita gave herself over to prayer and mortification in reparation for the sufferings of Christ. She received a mystical wound in her forehead as though from a crown of thorns. Rita died of turberculosis in 1457.
“You don’t know where the path is going to go, but if you stay on the journey and get to the place of acceptance where you can appreciate every minute, you will look back with joy,”
These are the words of a mum who went against advice of her doctor to abort her child that has Trisomy 18 and has gone on a journey of discovery with her daughter who is now 15 years old. Her daughter has taught her how to live truly each day with joy and acceptance. Her story has so much to teach us and the rest of society.
When doctors talk about viability it is usually in regards to when a life can be extinguished. If a baby is going to die in the womb because there is something seriously wrong, let’s do what we can medically to help and not decide we are are going to end this life because we’ve been told it’s for the best or our life might be inconvenienced!
I regularly come across stories of pre-natal diagnosis which discovers that the developing unborn baby has some sort of disability. Often before the news can be digested by the parents, abortion is offered as the “solution”. That’s the world we live in now, that any sign that a baby is not “perfect” what ever that is, has to be aborted.
Fortunately, we also live in a world where people go against this advice because they already love this unborn baby and recognise that sometimes doctors can be wrong either completely or about the severity of the disability, but also about the potential of this baby. That’s the amazing thing about the human race – we constantly surprise the world by what we are capable of and I am sure that this little girl in this particular story will lead a fulfilling life despite her difficulties because her parents are willing to fight for her and love her. Let this story inspire us to fight for every child who has a prenatal diagnosis.