This word has been mentioned to us several time in the last few weeks. We legally had to be told of our "options".
For us...Termination ...is NOT an option.
Mason is OUR MASON. We are his protectors. We are his advocates. He doesn't have a voice ..so we are his voice.
We have been reminded of our options several times...and each time it hurts. This is not our choice to be made.
I found these statistics:
Rate of termination for babies with down syndrome- 93%
Rate of termination for babies with cystic hygroma- 98%
Babies that have a cystic hygroma & a chromosome defect- only 6.6% have downs syndrome
We have found out recently that the rate of survival for a baby with a cystic hygroma is about 15-20%.
The survival rate for a baby with a cystic hygroma, chromosome defect (downs), and a cardiac defect is almost 0%.
We are on "high alert" for the next 8wks. Between now and 30wks is a critical time frame for Mason to make it through. During the next 8wk...My body will start doing less and his body will start doing more. The main concern is the fluid is already building up on his head and neck..and that is with my body doing all the work.
But our Mason is a fighter.
We are De-Termined to do all that we can for our little boy.
We are doing a March of Dimes: March for Babies walk in April in Masons name. Our team name is Hope for Mason. The name seems fitting since we all have hope for Mason. I have been so humbled by how many people are going to walk in Masons name and all that are setting up fundraisers in Masons name also.
I am so proud to be his mommy.
I invite you to join Masons cause and donate in his name.
HOPE FOR MASON
Thank you again for all the prayers and support.