Chesterton Knew The Importance of Ecumenical Dialogue

Chesterton Knew The Importance of Ecumenical Dialogue

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Wales For Wales Etc

I think that in light of the following post, Paul Smeaton must be Welsh!

I read a wonderful story today from Wales online about parents who say they are delighted to have given birth and had six wonderful days with their baby Charlotte Grace. Charlotte Grace was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, also called Edwards Syndrome, whilst still growing in her mother's womb. I strongly encourage you to click the link and read all of the article.

The doctors, as is normal procedure, advised the parents to have an abortion. Instead they decided to continue the pregnancy. The parents had the great joy of knowing their child for nine months in the womb and for six days after birth. From the article:

Tiny Charlotte amazed everyone with her fighting spirit, feeding through a nasal tube every two hours and receiving lots of special cuddles from her proud parents and big sisters.

Dilys said: “I just kept thinking, ‘If she can just live long enough for us to look into each other’s eyes’ and she did. She was so beautiful, absolutely perfect. We were able to stay with her at the neo-natal unit in the hospital but we couldn’t wait to bring her home. We just wanted to be a family again with the girls.

And for six wonderful days, they were able to hold, cuddle and feed their baby daughter Charlotte Grace, creating memories they will treasure forever.
The alternative option for them would have been to have a dangerous, invasive surgical operation that would have violated the mother and cruelly destroyed their unborn child. Why would anybody suggest this to be the more compassionate, loving, or even practical choice?

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