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Baby Angela Born With Anencephaly Defies the Odds, Turns 7 Months Old


Sarah Zagorski


On March 23rd, a daughter was born to Sonia and Rony Morales. But it was just five months prior to her birth that the couple found out their daughter had fatal birth defects. And according to doctors, the best option for their unborn child was to end her life through abortion.

As LifeNews previously reported, their daughter had Anencephaly, which is a severe form of spina bifida where a failure of fusion of the neural rube in early pregnancy results in the baby developing without cerebral hemispheres, including the neocortex. Tragically, most babies who survive to birth almost always die in the first hours or days after birth.

[babyangela3] Sonia said, “They told us she had fatal birth defects, that she was incompatible for life, because babies with her birth defect sometimes are stillborn or die just after birth. They gave her no chance. We had three ultrasounds that confirmed the diagnosis. They used the word ‘terminate,’ but for us, that meant abortion — killing our child.”

However, the couple refused and decided to name their daughter Angela, because it means messenger of God. Sonya said, “She would be our angel, our Angela. We thought she was going to heaven right away.”

They shared their story with the National Catholic Register.

“I came home [after the diagnosis] with a piece of paper with ‘anencephaly’ written on it,” Sonia said. “We had wanted a boy after having a girl. We laughed when I told him we were having another girl. Then I told him about the diagnosis, and we started crying.”

The news was devastating for the couple, who had been thanking God for months for the gift of another baby, but they did their best to cling to their faith.

[babyangela5] “I was crying every day because I was feeling her moving inside me. She was alive — but they gave her a death sentence,” Sonia said. “My husband cried, too, but he told me that I shouldn’t cry all the time because she will feel our sadness. We felt that God had a mission for us to be [voices] for the life of our baby and all the others like her.”

They turned to prayer, as they always had, concentrating on devotion to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and praying for the special intercession of the Child Jesus, Virgin Mary and St. John Paul II.

The doctors discounted the family’s reports that Angela was alive and kicking in her womb and that she responded when Sonia, Rony and their daughter, Elizabeth, age 5, sang to her.

“I have a baby who is giving me strong kicks who has no chance of survival?” Sonia asked her physicians. “The doctors said, ‘She is only living because she is attached to you; it is only a reflex.’ God gave us the child that we wanted, and we were going to love her despite her condition.”

Amazingly, Angela survived and is now over seven months old. After her birth, she underwent a three-hour surgery to close an opening at the top of her head; and Sonia and Rony care for her like they would any other child. The national director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, commented on the couple’s decision to choose life. He said, “When parents resist that pressure from doctors, they are literally helping to save the medical profession from the corrosive effects of legal abortion, reminding doctors that they are supposed to care for life, not kill it. Moreover, such parents spare themselves from a lifetime of damage from abortion. It’s one thing to lose one’s child; it’s quite another to kill him or her. Parents who love children who may only live for a short time in or outside the womb understand that the value of life is not measured in hours, days or weeks, but, rather, is seen in the love given and received during whatever time God gives us.”

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