A Story About The Baby Will Be Born Two Times In Life
After giving birth to her son Levi James the first time on last Wednesday, Jaiden Ashlea is due to give birth to him a second time in July.
It’s all part of an elaborate plan to save the baby’s life. When the 23-year-old mom-to-be had a prenatal ᴀɴᴀᴛᴏᴍʏ sᴄᴀɴ at 18 weeks of pregnancy in March, it showed that her son had sᴘɪɴᴀ ʙɪFɪᴅᴀ, a ᴄᴏɴɢᴇɴɪᴛᴀʟ ᴅᴇFᴇᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀᴅᴠᴇʀsᴇʟʏ affects a fetus’ sᴘɪɴᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ during gestation and can ʟᴇᴀᴅ to learning and developmental ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴀʀᴀʟʏsɪs.
“I was in sʜᴏᴄᴋ. I couldn’t even speak and believed in my ears when the doctor was telling us this,” recalled Ashlea
Doctors told her and her husband Noah Detrick, 23, that their child would be born “brain ᴅᴇᴀᴅ” and would have no chance at ʟᴇᴀᴅing a quality life.
Ashlea was the 31st mother ever to have the sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ at the hospital, one of just 12 medical facilities in the country that perform fetal sᴜʀɢᴇʀɪᴇs. Such procedures typically cost upwards of $25,000, and Ashlea’s was covered by insurance.She underwent a barrage of medical tests , all result is the same. Roughly six weeks after the troubling ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs, Ashlea went sᴜʀɢᴇʀɪᴇs.
Doctors made a ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ ɪɴᴄɪsɪᴏɴ along her stomach, broke her water and successfully repaired the sɪᴢᴀʙʟᴇ ʟᴇsɪᴏɴ, or abnormality, plaguing the vertebrae in the baby’s lower back. Then, they repositioned the tot inside Ashlea’s tummy, sewed her up and put her on strict bed rest until the baby will be developed enough for an actual C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ delivery at 37 weeks. The procedure involved full ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴀ and took roughly six hours. Ashlea is now about 27 weeks along and has noticed her baby’s health has improved.
“Since the sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ, [doctors have] seen so much more movement and signs of any ᴍᴀʟFᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ in his brain are reversing,” she said
He will, however, likely need to undergo physical therapy from birth until he’s at least 18 years old. But his post-op progress is promising nonetheless. Now mum feels him moving in her belly
She share her story in a viral Tikok video, has garnered over 2.2 million views. She looks forward to one day telling Levi James about his live-saving journey.
“I’m excited for him to realize how many people were rooting for him, and how loved and special he is. Not everyone gets the chance to have this sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ. And I want him to know that God was on his side.”said Ashlea