Parents Refuse Doctor’s Orders To Abort Baby But Months Later Hospital Left In Disbelief Realizing Their Huge Mistake
Kristin Danley 8/31/2018
The impending birth of a baby is one of the most delightful moments in life. Parents envision that first word, those first steps, who he or she will resemble, all while reveling in every little flutter, kick and heartbeat heard on the fetal monitor.
Drew and Ariann Corpstein were so excited when they discovered they were expecting. They had endured a miscarriage in 2016, so they braced themselves for bad news this second time around.
But they safely made it out of the first trimester and allowed themselves to relax and enjoy the pregnancy. The fear of another miscarriage subsided.
During their 20-week ultrasound, the couple was delivered earth-shattering news. While they no longer worried about a miscarriage, doctors solemly told them their baby boy was missing most of his brain.
Their little boy was officially diagnosed with a terminal brain malformation. Instead of having a brain, he had a build-up of cerebral spinal fluid filling his head, they wrote on their GoFundMe page.
"The fluid was going to continue to expand the head of our baby. The head size was measuring about three weeks ahead of normal. We were told our baby wouldn’t live past several days, if not hours, or die before birth.”
Doctors said they could either abort the pregnancy, or induce early labor to terminate, but as devout Christians, Drew and Ariann made the decision to instead live every day as if it was their baby's last one to spend with them. They went on a motorcycle ride; they traveled to Costa Rica.
And they relied heavily on their faith. They prayed often for their baby, his health and his future.
"Whatever happens, it's in God's hands."
They chose the biblical name Matthew James for their unborn baby and prepared for his arrival. Drew and Ariann intended to cherish every second they had with their little boy once he was delivered.
Ariann's pregnancy actually reached 37 weeks' gestation. She spent three agonizing days laboring after she was induced.
But when Matthew was born, the medical team discovered that they were wrong! Instead of suffering from a terminal brain malformation, Baby Matthew instead was experiencing hydrocephalus.
This condition causes extra fluid to swell around fully developed brain tissue. So instead of cerebral spinal fluid replacing the brain, it was simply flowing around it.
Drew and Ariann were alarmed about Baby Matthew's change in health, but at the same time thrilled that the doctors were wrong. Their prayers had been answered!
"We simply couldn’t believe what we were hearing! We had prepared for the last four to five months of not bringing a baby home, of using hospice and end of life care, and now suddenly Matthew’s chances of survival are high and having a fully functioning life could be possible! It’s like buying a lottery ticket and actually winning the jackpot! We were overjoyed, and I just still can’t put into words how we feel about the amazing news. We know God was protecting us and our beautiful baby boy, and we had put our faith in His hands, come whatever may."
Baby Matthew was rushed into emergency surgery where a shunt was inserted to drain excess fluid. Drew and Ariann praised God for this change in his diagnosis.
Dr. Jona Conklin, a perinatologist who worked with the family, said the baby still had a "long road ahead." But the family continues to put their faith in God and lovingly refer to their baby as "Matthew the Great."
Everyone who knows Baby Matthew considers him a miracle baby. He did have a brief bout with meningitis that required hospitalization, but is back home and on the mend.
Thanks to this family's faith, Baby Matthew is alive today. What a beautiful story of faith, hope and perservance!