US AGAINST THE WORLD
iwas pregnant, in an on-andoff relationship. And only 16 years old. ‘You could consider a termination,’ the nurse said when I went for an early checkup.
‘I’m keeping this baby,’ I replied.
A new path
It was the same when I told my mum, Louise, 43.
I’d grown up in foster care because Mum had struggled to cope.
We were still really close, but life had been tough.
I’d played up at school and started hanging about with a bad crowd.
This pregnancy wasn’t planned, but it was a chance for me to take a different path.
I didn’t feel scared, even when I broke up with my boyfriend.
It’d be me and my baby against the world.
Then, at my 12-week scan, there was concern about fluid on the baby’s neck.
‘Your baby could have Edwards’ syndrome,’ the doctor said.
A serious genetic condition. Of those babies who survive to birth, only around one in five will live to three months. My heart broke.
I had extra tests, praying that the doctors were wrong. They were.
‘It’s not Edwards’ after all,’ the specialist told me. ‘Your baby has Down’s syndrome.’
My first reaction? A huge
Riley: my little ray of sunshine