Mom Answers Why She Did Not Abort Son with Amniotic Band Syndrome
It is very easy for an outsider to judge the decisions we make, but one mother has touched the heart of the masses with her resolution to keep and then to love unconditionally her son affected by a rare deformity known as amniotic band syndrome. Life is full of tough choices, but Fox 17's report on Lacey Buchanan's decision to keep her baby boy who was born blind and with such a severe cleft that he could not close his mouth. Other than these defects, little Christian is a normal little boy who loves to sing and play, laughing at the little things in life children love all day.
What is Amniotic Band Syndrome?
When amniotic constriction bands within the amniotic sac are formed and surrounds a baby in the womb, congenital deformity of the face, arms, legs, fingers, and/or toes could occur. This is almost like having a rubber band around the baby that prevents certain regions from developing properly, causing creases/indentations in the tissue. When the blood being carried into the placenta is cut off or meets an obstacle, irreversible damage may occur.
According to the National Institute of Health, the severity of the deformity can vary widely from only one toe or finger being affected to an entire arm or leg missing or being severely underdeveloped. Symptoms may include:
- Abnormal gap in the face (if it goes across the face, it is called a cleft)
- All or part of an arm or leg missing (congenital amputation)
- Defect of the abdomen or chest wall (if band is located in those areas)
- Permanent band or indentation around an arm, leg, finger, or toe
It is good to note that amniotic constriction bands are a rare sight. While most bands only affect a baby's outer skin, some bands can cut down to the bone. Often, the deformities are not severe either, though from time to time, children are affected so seriously that reconstruction surgery may be needed. The causes of this rare phenomenon are unknown, as no two cases are alike.
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