The Miracle Baby

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The Miracle Baby

Laura Rey Coronado

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On a November afternoon it was confirmed, Charlotte and Matt Youds were going to be parents again for the second time in their lives. They had been looking forward to this, so they were beyond excited when the news were official: They were having a baby. What they didn’t know, was that this was going to be the biggest challenge in their lives.

After her first appointment at the doctors, she had found out that she was having baby twins. She knew it would be a challenge, but she was thrilled and excited to be a mother again. After 8 weeks, came their first appointment where they would know the sexes of the babies growing inside of her, and she was thrilled to know that she was going to have two baby girls! Everything was fine until their 19 week scan on January 22nd. Every scan before that had been fine, and this was their last scan before bing in the all-clear. They first did an ultrasound on Baby A, starting from the heads and moving down to the feet, and then came Baby B (Camille) . The ultrasound tech went in a completely different order for this one.

After a few minutes, Matt and Charlotte were called in and told “the words every pregnant mother dreads:” according to Charlotte. These words were ‘There’s something wrong with one of your babies.’ The doctor then went on and explained that Camile had a rare condition named Encephalocele. Encephalocele is is condition in which the backbones of the skull don’t close completely, creating a gap and having the brain grow outside of the skull. This condition was, according to doctors, not survivable past a couple of minutes.

These news shocked Charlotte and Matt, but they had to keep Camile in order to keep the other baby, Sophia, safe until birth. Charlotte was devastated, and that first night, she didn’t sleep at all, She “researched, and cried, and researched more and wept.” These were clearly not news she was expecting, but she had to cope and she eventually wrapped her head around the idea.

At 36 weeks and 6 days, Charlotte went to the doctor because her blood pressure dropped drastically, and she got announced that she would be giving birth the next day. Charlotte was terrified, and not ready, but at the same time wanted to meet and hold both of her baby girls. Camille was expected to pass within hours of being born, and she had to overgo a surgery in which the doctors would remove 90% of her brain tissue. They met Sophia at 7:00 am on May 24th, and then Camille a minute after. Camille was immeaditaly taken by the doctors and over went a life-Threatning surgery, which she would probably not make it out of. After a bad turn on the surgery, her parents were told to say goodbye, and so they did. They waited until it was official, so that they could grieve on and accept the reality, but baby Camille kept on breathing. Two hours after surgery had passes, and baby Camille was still breathing. Doctors kept coming in and out of the room to check on Camille, not being able to believe their eyes.

Charlotte thought she was delusional at first, but everything became reality when Camille refused to give up and miraculously, on May 30th 2018, just six days after she was born, Camille was discharged and reunited with her twin sister Sophia. To this day, both twins live, proving wrong all medical odds. Baby Camille’s journey has been very tough, she can now move her head up and look around, breat normally and eat orally.” Camille has to go to checkups in the Liverpool women’s hospital, and doctors stated that the best way to know what Camille is an isn’t able to do is by letting her do it, and Charlotte and Matt “prefer it and don’t care as long as Camille is with [them]”.