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ONE YEAR AFTER ABORTION..AND I'M IN THE PINK BIRTHDAY JOY F0R KID WHO SURVIVED AGAINST THE ODDS
Daily Record ^ | April 29, 2005 | Kevin Turner

Posted on 04/29/2005 8:16:13 AM PDT by beaversmom

BEAUTIFUL tot Natasha Smith blows out the candle on her birthday cake - one year after surviving an abortion.

Her mum Norelle Cameron, 25, was told she risked her own life if she did not have her baby aborted after 26 weeks of pregnancy.

But baby Natasha was born alive and well but weighing only 1lb 4oz.

And although she is still wearing clothes for children aged between three and six months, doctors say she is developing well.

Yesterday, proud Norelle said: 'Natasha's doing brilliantly but she can be a little madam.

'This week she has begun sitting up by herself, which is making her immensely proud.

'Natasha lost a little weight through a viral infection but she's now back to her usual, noisy self.

'She has six teeth and is clamping down on anything that is near her. And she claps her hands and screams, 'Mamma', at the tiniest things.

'The year has come and gone so fast. We can't believe it's been 12 months already'None of us thought we'd ever celebrate Natasha's first birthday.'

Norelleof Oban, Argyll, was diagnosed with toxic pre-eclampsia last April.

She was told her baby stood no chance of survival and going ahead with her pregnancy would risk her life.

Although Norelle was 26 weeks pregnant, the condition had stopped Natasha developing from 22 weeks, meaning she could still be legally aborted.

Children only rarely survive such early births and many who do have health problems.

But Natasha now tips the scales at a healthy 11lb 7oz.

Like Norelle, Natasha's dad Sandy, 29, and big brother Sean, six, cannot believe how lucky they have beenNorelle added: 'It's amazing that we have Natasha at all, especially the fact she's so healthy. We went for a check at Yorkhill Sick Kids' Hospital in Glasgow in December and don't have to return until June.

'We visited the Queen Mother's Hospital in Glasgow last week to catch up with the delivery team.

'The staff were amazed at Natasha's progress since she left the hospital last August.'

The family invited friends and neighbours to their home to share in Natasha's special day.

Norelle said: 'Natasha has reached the age of one but I doubt she realises how remarkable she is.

'She has affected so many people and we'd like to thank everyone for their support. This time last year Natasha and I were both fighting for our lives.

'Back then, none of our family thought this day would come


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortionsurvivors; preemies

1 posted on 04/29/2005 8:16:14 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
There was a 18th century German family, with eight survivng children. Some of the children were deaf and/or hard of hearing. There had been other children who hadn't survived childhood.
Mother was pregnant again. A perfect candidate for an abortion. She and her husband were also very, very poor.

She had her 9th baby anyway. It was Ludwig van Beethoven.
Glad there was no "choice" those days.

2 posted on 04/29/2005 8:23:16 AM PDT by starfish923 (Iohannas Paulus II, Requiescat in Pacem)
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To: starfish923
Glad there was no "choice" those days

There is no choice nowadays as well, if you have a soul...

3 posted on 04/29/2005 8:24:38 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: beaversmom

I read the story but I am not getting something. Was an abortion attempted?


4 posted on 04/29/2005 8:26:29 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: frogjerk

Yes, at 26 weeks from what I can determine although the baby was more like 22 weeks because she had stopped growing.


5 posted on 04/29/2005 8:27:48 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
That's an amazing story. It appears the woman was seriously mislead by her doctors.

Does anybody know the method by which the baby was "aborted?" They're not supposed to get out alive.

6 posted on 04/29/2005 8:31:03 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: frogjerk
No abortion was attempted.
I was merely stating that I was glad that there WAS no choice in those days. I was glad, after 200 years, that children were welcome in those days, even if they had the chance of being, er, imperfect or poor.
7 posted on 04/29/2005 8:32:32 AM PDT by starfish923 (Iohannas Paulus II, Requiescat in Pacem)
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To: beaversmom

In 1907, my grandfather was born, in Wisconsin, prematurely, weighing a little over 1 lb. My great-grandmother, Elizabeth, with the help of her sister, carried him around on a pillow and fed him with an eyedropper. He survived, grew, married and fathered my dad. I'm looking now at the miniature deerskin baby booties some kind soul made for him at the time of his birth, when all who knew the family, expected him to pass away -- even the dr., who knew nothing of neonatal intensive procedures back then.

Those baby booties are a family treasure and remind anyone that knows my grandfather's story that miracles happen everyday -- if we let them.


8 posted on 04/29/2005 9:49:11 AM PDT by soozla (XXOOXXOO)
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To: starfish923

Good point but then again that 9th child could also have been Jack the Ripper or Adolph Hitler if one uses that logic

of course the poor circumstances of the family might explain why poor Ludwig and his siblings were beaten by their father to the point of causing his own deafness, though admittedly Ludwig overcome that.....


9 posted on 04/29/2005 9:58:56 AM PDT by littlelilac
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hmmm frankly I don't think they looked at children that "romantically"

first of all infant mortality rates were very high so it would behoove one not to get too attached

more children balanced out the mortality rate and more children were more hands to do the work was needed to survive a much harsher reality

even my own father's case, in Holland, he came from a family of 12 not because his father cherished his children, he was a mean old bastard, all the kids were just free farm labour...........


10 posted on 04/29/2005 10:04:14 AM PDT by littlelilac
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To: littlelilac

However this is a very happy story about this sweet little baby

now I am confused, what kind of abortion did they perform that this baby was able to survive? was it one of these partial birth abortion, which I do find a rather repulsive concept

of course I've always thought that the cruelest thing that could ever happen to any woman would be to be induced into labour to deliver a baby you already know is dead, do they still do that?


11 posted on 04/29/2005 10:08:32 AM PDT by littlelilac
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To: littlelilac
even my own father's case, in Holland, he came from a family of 12 not because his father cherished his children, he was a mean old bastard, all the kids were just free farm labour...........

Obvioulsy your grandmother didn't think he was such a mean old bastard.....at least 12 times in their married life.

12 posted on 04/29/2005 7:32:38 PM PDT by starfish923 (Iohannas Paulus II, Requiescat in Pacem)
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