is Natalie Stratton. I am from Duluth, Minnesota. My
daughter was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 at the end of
my pregnancy. I was not offered an explanation of what
this is or how it happened. My doctor appointments after
the diagnosis were no longer a normal prenatal visit.
The doctor no longer seemed interested in how my daughter
was doing. My doctor was more concerned about when I
would let her induce me.
I sat on the thought for awhile,
with Google being my only source of information on trisomy18.
I decided to go to the University of Minnesota for a
second opinion. There they did a full examination. They
also sat me down and answered any possible questions
that I had. They talked about trisomy18, my daughter,
and my family tree. At this ultra sound I was told there
was no reason to believe my daughter wouldnt be born
alive. They didnt know how long she could survive, but
they couldn't see any problems keeping her from being
I then found a very compassionate
doc in my area and made an appointment with her for
that Thursday. Wednesday morning I went into labor.
I went to the hospital that my doc did not work at.
I chose not to tell the nurse my daughter had T18, in
hopes that they would not choose her fate. I started
bleeding and knew this was not right. The nurse said
that the baby was stressed and the placenta was detaching.
I knew I needed a Csection. The nurse called my doc.
When she walked back into the room she refused the csection
and told me they were not doing it because my baby was
not compatible with life.
They forced me to deliver, and
my daughter was born with a heart beat but not breathing.
My doc would not perform CPR or anything else to help
her breathe. My daughter was layed on my chest, and
I was forced to watch my daughter die before my eyes.
Isabella Vitalina (meaning beautiful little life) was
born november 11 2009. Weighing 3lbs 10oz.
Though Bella was only here for
a very short time, she left a large imprint in many
hearts and lives.
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-The support, information and encouragement provided by the PPFL parents is not meant to take the place of medical advice by a medical professional. Any specific questions about care should be directed to a health care professional familiar with the situation.