Elijah Estrada

Elijah’s Story

Elijah Estrada

“He plays Challenger baseball and flag football and loves his trains”

Elijah Estrada, Mosaic Trisomy 9, Chino, CA, USA, 11/21/2002

Elijah is my first born, I can remember the day that I found out I was going to have a baby.  The first thing I told my husband was that it was going to be a boy.  We had an elevated AFP test and decided to go ahead and have an amnio to see what journey would lie ahead for us.  The results came back trisomy 9 mosaic and the boy that I was expecting.  Our Dr. was very negative and said we should terminate because our son would either die or live his life in a bed hooked up to machines.  The choice was easy for us, it was Gods choice if our son would live or die not ours.  We continued with the pregnancy having ultrasounds every month to check on his development.  We were told he was very small had a deformed ear and some extra fluid around his kidneys.  Other than that everything looked good.  At 37 weeks we discoverd my amniotic fluid was low so I was induced.  After a few hours his heart rate was dropping with contractions.  I was rushed in for a c-section and asked if I wanted everything possible done for my son, of course I said yes.  In a room full of doctors at 10:05pm on November 21, 2002 Elijah Michael Estrada was born 4lbs. 4oz. and 17 inches long.  To the doctors suprise he came out crying and breathing, apgar scores were 8 and 9.  He stayed in the NICU for one week because he had very low muscle tone and was having trouble eating.  Other than a week stay in the hospital at 2 months old for RSV Elijah has been a healthy child.  He sat up at about 9 months crawled at about 12 months and walked at 15 months.  He is globally delayed and just begain talking in the last few years.  Elijah is 10 now and loves his two younger brothers Aiden 6 and Gavin 2.  He plays Challenger baseball and flag football and loves his trains, in fact he takes them everywhere with him.  I often think about what my doctor said Elijah would be like and boy was he wrong. Elijah is a blessing in our families life and I am so happy we listened to our hearts and not our doctor.