The ‘mother of all birth defects’ has described how her son has had ‘very severe birth defects’, saying he was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder.
Dr Jennifer Aiken, who is the founder and CEO of the Australian birth centre she founded, told ABC News the boy was born with anencephaly, a condition in which babies are born with a birth defect of the head or neck.
The condition is rare and only occurs in about one in a million births, but it can cause the child to die.
Dr Jennifer Aken says her son, born with severe birth defect.
Picture: Getty She said her son was born in February 2017 and was in a stable condition when she visited him in Brisbane.
“I said to him, ‘What are you doing?
How are you holding yourself?'”
Dr Aken said.
She was shocked when she saw his head was bowed, as if he was crying.
The Australian birth center’s Dr Jennifer Haug, who specializes in congenital abnormalities, said the condition is common, but is more common in men than women.
It is more commonly seen in older men, she said.
“It’s about 30 to 40 per cent of boys that are born today, that are going to have a birth with a congenital anomaly,” Dr Haug said.
“Most of them have anencephalic babies, but if they are younger they are less likely to have that.”
She told the ABC that about 20 per cent would have the condition and about 40 per year a child with the condition would be born.
According to the ABC, about one child in every 3,000 will be born with the congenital defect.
‘You would be surprised’ Dr Haug was surprised by the response to her son’s story, saying many doctors and parents were shocked by the story.
“[I was] so shocked by what I heard, I was in shock,” Dr Aiken said.
Dr Aikens son had severe birth problem, so she had to make a decision.
When I was looking at the pictures of my son, I could see a few problems, so I had to decide, she told ABC.
I thought about the fact that I had a baby boy and it was not a very good birth, she explained.
But the other doctors and families were not as shocked as I was.
I thought that was very interesting.
As I looked at his head and looked at the problems that were going on with it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I am going to be in a lot of pain,'” Dr Aen said.
‘You would have been surprised’ The ABC contacted the Australian Birth Centre, and asked about their reaction to the story and the family’s reaction.
A spokeswoman told the program the centre had been made aware of the story, but was not yet able to comment.
However, she added that the facility had been making arrangements for a new baby born to the mother.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the ABA’s website.
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