Hi I am the Aunt of this beautiful baby boy named Max. My sister had him on June 25, 2011. She found out that he was missing an arm from the elbow down when she was six months pregnant. Being a first time aunt I was devastated, and being a nurse and very into nutrition I blamed it on what she ate, which I now know was completely wrong. I stumbled upon this site trying to research if this same thing happens often. When I found this site I was very surprised to see the amount of people that this has affected, and the different ways.
Max is five months old and he is the joy of my life. This was so hard for me because I love him like he was my own, and hard for me knowing that my sister was having to go through this. It breaks my heart when he wants to clap his hands but only has one hand, or by him only having one hand to reach with. I don’t think this affected me as much in the beginning, because he didn’t need his other hand because he was so small. As I am seeing him grow I feel like it breaks my heart more and more every day I get to know him and love him more and every day he is getting bigger.
After reading some of the stories on this site and seeing the pictures, I’ve seen so many babies just like Max and it made it seem so much more normal, it also broke my heart to see the way this ABS has affected the lives of so many, and actually how lucky that we are, not knowing it could have been so much worse. My heart truly goes out to all with ABS and their families, and I want to say thank you for posting your stories they really helped a lot, I felt like we were all alone with this problem.