Kira Williams, Trisomy 10p, 9/12/06, Downey, CA, USA
When I first found out I was pregnant I was excited, it was at a McDonald’s that I had to find out because I didn’t wanted to risk my parents finding out since I was only 18. My boyfriend of three years was a little worried of how we were going to do it (telling my parents) but I came out with it the next day and my mom (surprisingly) took it very good.
My pregnancy went smoothly, no morning sickness, I didn’t feel tired; it was great. I had every doctor’s appointment on time and I even had a chromosomal test done to see about down syndrome but it turned out to be ok. I don’t know if it was the doctor’s rejection to tell me that something was wrong or if the test actually showed everything was normal.
The day came when I started having contractions, I didn’t know if they were contractions or not but they started around 7 o’clock and ended when my water broke at about 6 o’clock. The water looked like pee at that time I didn’t know if it was normal. When we got to the hospital they gave me an epidural and I knocked out, it felt like a dream before I knew it I was pushing.
When my baby came out she didn’t cry. The reason why my water wasn’t clear it was because the baby had pooped inside me. When she did finally cry it was very weak and she had low apgar scores. They took her straight to the NICU she didn’t have breathing problems. I thought everything was fine thinking that not every baby is the same when it comes for them to cry. My mom looked worried since she knew more than me.
After a week she was still in the NICU and the day that they told me about her condition, I felt numb. I kept saying in my head that my daughter was not going to be like that when the doctors told me that she was going to have difficulties in school. Till this day I can’t really except it but I do try to keep an open mind to possabilities.
She was in the NICU for 2 1/2 months and came home with a G-tube in place and! had a fundoplication done. She had severe reflux problems and has feeding difficulties. She is 7 years old now and she’s said to have the mind of a 15-month old. She has low-set ears and said to have “dysmorphic” features….I say yeah right, she’s gorgeous. She got rid of her hearing aids at 2 years old and her eye glasses at 4 years because God is great.
She is still 100% g-tube fed but takes tastes and some days she’s rocking it but others she bats at the spoon throughout. She has occasional seizures that have not been confirmed but we know they are. She’s not on any seizure med because she only gets them about 2x a year. She had a stroke due to her narrow arteries to her brain and a low blood pressure during surgery. The surgery was to repair a perforated colon that went up to her respiratory cavity that almost cost her her life when she was 3yrs old.
She walks assisted with a walker or handheld for short distances so uses her wheelchair often. We are waiting for God to make these miracles happen, I know He will.