When I was 20 weeks I was told that my son, Owen had bilateral clubbed feet and that his lower left leg was swollen. I was sent to a larger medical center for a level 2 ultrasound. Owen was diagnosed with ABS. We were told that his lower left leg was extremely swollen and would likely amputate itself in utero or need to be amputated at birth. We were also told that there was a band wrapped around his left hand, but they could not tell if he had fingers or not since the band was covering where they should be.
After numerous ultrasounds, we found out that he was missing fingers on his left hand, that his left toes were webbed and his big left toe was missing. There was also a band tying two goes on his right foot together. Aside from all of this, everything else looked great and he was expected to live a healthy, “normal” life despite a few physical challenges.
When I was 29 weeks, during one of my ultrasounds, the bloodflow in Owen’s umbillical cord reversed. I was admitted for observation and given magnesium sulfate and steroid shots in case he needed to be delivered early. After a weekend of ultrasounds and nonstress tests, everything looked perfect. The dr.s believed that it was some odd fluke that the bloodflow reversed momentarily. They figured he may have grabbed the cord for a minute. In any case, they wanted me to come back every other day for ultrasounds of his cord and nonstress tests. Three weeks later, after SEVERAL perfect ultrasounds and nonstress tests, I became concerned when Owen wasn’t moving much. I decided to go to the hospital to get checked out for peace of mind. The nurse was unable to find his heartbeat with doppler. Several doctors came into my room with an ultrasound machine. The room went quiet and one dr turned to me and said, “I’m so sorry.” At 32 weeks pregnant, I was given the option to be induced that day or to wait until I went into labor on my own (which could take a couple of weeks). I decided to be induced and 24 hours, gave birth to my beautiful, eternally sleeping baby boy, Owen. It’s been two months today since he was “born.” I miss him so badly. He was so incredibly beautiful. When he was born, we saw that there was a band wrapped tightly around the municipal cord.