A mother ignored repeated medical advice from doctors to terminate her pregnancy and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby girl who defied all odds.
Katie White, 24, had a perfectly normal pregnancy until she reached 20 weeks when her baby’s health turned out to be in danger.
However, during a standard ultrasound at Mercy Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri, the scan revealed that something was very wrong.
A specialist doctor analyzed the ultrasound, before revealing to Katie that her unborn child had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus – the medical name for fluid buildup in the brain.
As a result, the specialist predicted the worst and said that baby Kinsley would most likely not be able to walk, talk or eat.
Mama Katie was asked to consider ending her pregnancy, but decided instead to continue.
Now despite having hydrocephalus, Kinsley is 14 months old and a happy little baby, and she has reached all her stages.
Proud mum Katie Kensely described her as the “perfect happy little girl”, before admitting that she is “rude and smart” and surprises her mom every day with new things she can do.
However, despite her happy nature, she encountered some obstacles along the way.
While discussing the initial diagnosis, Katie, who is a nursery assistant, revealed: “I was dazed and closed my eyes. They immediately tried to contact Planned Parenthood to terminate the pregnancy.”
“I needed to go home and think. I couldn’t make such a huge decision on the advice of a doctor and I thank my lucky stars that I did.
“My daughter wouldn’t be here today if she had taken this advice.”
At the 30th week of pregnancy, Katie was again given the same advice to terminate the pregnancy, with her confession: “It was stressful. I was examined again in a room full of unfamiliar faces – it was horrible.”
Katie had an emergency C-section at 5.30pm and baby Kensley was born on May 23, 2021, at 6.59am, weighing 6lb 7oz.
However, Katie was only able to hold her newborn for five minutes until she was carried away.
“I was thrilled to see my baby boy for the first time, but it was bittersweet knowing she would have to be transported away,” Katie said.
Kinsley was doing well despite the hydrocephalus, and doctors drained the fluid into her brain, but Katie decided not to have a shunt fitted — a device placed in the brain that controls the excess fluid.
“I was freaked out that it could go wrong and wanted to explore other options first like ECT, ECT, ETV and endoscopic third ventricleostomy,” she said.
Seven days later, baby Kinsley was allowed to go home, but at two weeks old she underwent her first surgery to drain some of the fluid.
Later, Kinsley contracted the rhinovirus and paramedics discovered that there was also fluid leaking from her brain into her body. The MRI revealed that the only option was to mount a shunt.
Katie revealed, “It just felt like the end of the world to me. I was freaked out. I was scared to see her after surgery for the first time and totally lost her. She was wrapped in blankets and looked so cute and comfortable., and happy.”
“She was a completely different baby and felt so bad that she could have had the shunt fitted sooner, but I did what I thought was best at the time.”
Four months after the shunt was fitted, Kinsley underwent an MRI scan and her brain growth went beyond all expectations.
“She’s never had a seizure before, she eats by mouth and can see. She absolutely loves food and eats like a horse,” Katie explained.
Now at 14 months old, baby Kinsley appears to be healthy and happy. However, only time will tell if she has other symptoms because some children with hydrocephalus can struggle with their mobility and can have behavioral problems.
“She’s full of character and she’s my little angel I wouldn’t change for the world,” she said.
Katie is now expecting her second child with boyfriend Tay, 26, who is a police officer.
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