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At our 12 week ultrasound on October 2nd, a cystic hygroma was detected when they did the measurements at the baby's nuchal translucency screening. The size, 10mm we were told, was very large as these things go. The condition is basically a collection of fluid that builds up behind the head/ neck of the baby indicating a potential problem in development. So the new journey began, a high risk pregnancy and a baby with some potentially serious problems.
A Maternity 21 blood test revealed that the baby has Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome. This was most likely the cause of the hygroma, but as far as we were concerned, the T21 news was a grace from God. The test also revealed that the baby was a girl! After much prayer we decided to name her Grace, because no matter how her story develops in the weeks and months (hopefully years!) ahead God will use her life to bless her family and others no matter how long she is with us. We are confident that our journey with Grace will be the source of many "graces" from God.
On November 1, our appointment with the Maternal Fetal specialist revealed that Grace's fluid was now collecting in her chest cavity compressing the lungs & heart. This is considered "pleural effusion" and is very serious in that the lungs would be kept from developing. A heart defect--common for babies with T21--was also detected at this time. We decided that praying for a miracle was our best option for her lungs as opposed to inserting shunts to drain the fluid. She was about 16 weeks, very small for this kind of procedure.
Over the next two weeks, the fluid had begun to build up in her abdomen in addition to her chest. This officially gave her the diagnosis of "hydrops fetalis." Despite a miracle here and there, the statistics seemed to all point toward death of the baby at any time.
Our prayers for her lungs specifically were answered by the time we went in for the December 13th ultrasound. The hydrops appeared to be gone! It is possible for it to come back, but as of right now the lungs are not the major concern. It is still possible that her lung development could also have been compromised, but we continue to pray that it is not.
Grace has an unbalanced AV canal defect, left dominant. Serious as that is, we have managed to find other babies who have made it through birth to have surgery. We will continue to pray that she puts on weight, that the hydrops does not return and that whatever else she can be healed of before birth will make it possible for her to be a candidate for surgery.