The new mom, who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta also has a 16-month-old daughter, Katira, also suffers from the genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily. The new baby, Makaia, is expected to grow to average height.
“My whole life I’ve been told that I wasn’t able to have children, (and) I would not live through the pregnancy — that with the size of my torso, the baby would grow up underneath my lungs and smother out my lungs and my heart, and we would both die,” Herald said.
“Something inside me just didn’t believe that,” she said.
After Stacy became pregnant with Katira, doctors warned that she and the baby would in trouble and they advised her to schedule an abortion.
“We said, ‘No, we’re not doing that,’ and my doctor — I love her to death, she’s so sweet — she said, ‘OK,’ she said, ‘We’ll do it. We’ll provide the best medical care we provide. You provide the faith and we’ll see what happens,'” Herald said.
While pregnant with Makaia Stacy said her belly “swelled to comically large proportions.”
“If I laid down, I looked like a snail,” she said, laughing. “That’s how big my belly was. I looked like an Idaho potato with arms and legs.”
“You couldn’t see my feet,” Herald said. “You know, my legs are there you know, but my belly came out so long, that all you could see was a belly with toes.”
This mom could be called either courageous or crazy. It is definitely a gamble to have a second baby knowing that the first was born with the same genetic condition that you have.
I am glad that this baby arrived healthy and happy!
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