According to Florida mom Courtney Baker, she was pressured by her doctor to abort her baby after the unborn child was diagnosed with Down syndrome. While Baker refused and now has a beautiful 15-month-old daughter named Emersyn, the incident continued to trouble her.
As a result, the mom wrote a heartfelt letter to the anonymous doctor in order to get some peace.
‚ÄúEvery action from opening and closing the mailbox, to raising the red flag, was closure for me,‚ÄĚ Baker told ABC. ‚ÄúI have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle and He can change any heart.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúDear Doctor,‚ÄĚ the mom writes. ‚ÄúA friend recently told me of when her prenatal specialist would see her child during her sonograms, he would comment, ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs perfect.‚Äô Once her son was born with Down syndrome, she visited that same doctor. He looked at her little boy and said, ‚ÄėI told you. He‚Äôs perfect.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHer story tore me apart,‚ÄĚ she continued. ‚ÄúWhile I was so grateful for my friend‚Äôs experience, it filled me with such sorrow because of what I should have had. I wish you would have been that doctor.‚ÄĚ
Baker goes on to explain how she was anxious about her visits to the doctor, even before her unborn baby was diagnosed. When she finally received the news, her doctor continually pressured her to abort, reiterating ‚Äúhow low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome.‚ÄĚ
"Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she‚Äôs touched the hearts of thousands. She‚Äôs given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express."
Noting that she is not angry or bitter, the mother tells the doctor how her baby girl Emersyn has changed her life for the better:
‚ÄúEmersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she‚Äôs touched the hearts of thousands. She‚Äôs given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She‚Äôs given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we‚Äôve ever known. She‚Äôs opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love.‚ÄĚ
Baker now hopes the doctor will ‚Äúsee true beauty and pure love with every sonogram.‚ÄĚ She ended her letter saying: ‚ÄúMy prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother‚Äôs womb, you will look at that mommy and see me then tell her the truth: ‚ÄėYour child is absolutely perfect.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that occurs in one in every 700 babies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2009, ABC reported that Down syndrome births were on the decline as more women were aborting their babies after receiving a prenatal diagnosis. Then, in 2015, studies confirmed that the Down syndrome community was reduced by 30 per cent.
This issue is one of the reasons Baker decided to share her story. ‚ÄúEmmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world,‚ÄĚ the mom-of-three said. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs doing it right now.‚ÄĚ
On Facebook, Baker‚Äôs post has received over 6,000 likes and 3,000 shares. In the comments, many shared their own similar stories with heartwarming endings.
‚ÄúMy doctor did the same to us about our son, Draco. The negativity he spewed made us stop going to him for 2 months until termination wasn't possible anymore,‚ÄĚ one user wrote. ‚ÄúWe love [our son] to the moon and back. Yes, there have been medical issues, but the love more than makes up for it.‚ÄĚ
Another said: ‚ÄúI was told after my 12 week ultrasound to ‚Äėdon't bother doing anymore testing. Just abort. And try again. You are young. You won't be able to handle a disabled child.‚Äô Fast forward 3 years later! And she is my little superhero!‚ÄĚ
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