SOUTH JORDAN, Utah - A Utah mom has penned a heartfelt letter on Facebook detailing her choice to move forward with a high-risk pregnancy despite doctors giving her unborn son only a 15 percent chance of survival when she was about 23 weeks pregnant.
Nadine Shelley, of South Jordan, Utah, wrote in a viral post on Friday that doctors had already warned of complications at her 17-week ultrasound when they observed an absence of amniotic fluid around her unborn son Brayden. They advised her to stay pregnant until 23 weeks, but 22 weeks and six days into her pregnancy, her water broke. Her next choice, she wrote, “was not easy.”
“We had a doctor tell us to abort the pregnancy,” she wrote in part in the post, which had garnered more than 900 likes as of Monday morning. “I personally did not feel like it was my decision to decide whether or not Brayden had the strength or capability to live. Brayden would decide that. All I could do was give him the best chance to live, and that was to keep him inside of me as long as possible. Everything we chose was to give him that chance.”
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