Stories

My life with Amniotic Band Syndrome

My name is Marissa, I am 29 years old. I learned to do everything as any other child and now I can talk with others like myself who have these limb differences. There is no glory for myself, it was God who whispered in my ear not to lose hope that it would all come full circle and make sense.

Self-pity, resentment, depression – I would say are the chains that come with these hand, feet or any other limb differences always at different stages of your life.

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Angel

2004…
My husband and I discovered I was pregnant. We were having our first baby….how very exciting! First ultrasound seemed normal but during my second trimester scan…the sonographer displayed telling signs of something not being right.

I waited patiently….anxiously….to be told that the baby had anomalies and the outcome did not look good. In fact, it was shortly after that I was advised to terminate the pregnancy. I was distraught. Feeling very alone but strong in my faith, I declined the pressures that came at me to abort my God-given unborn.

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Mi pequeño bebe le falto el brazo derecho

Despues de diez (10) años decidimos tener otro bb mi pareja y yo, al principio tuvo complicaciones, se hiceron todo los ultrasonidos, los doctores decían que todo iba bien. pero al día de la gran bienvenida al mundo de nuestro DAVID OVIDIO, nos manifestaban los doctores si sabiamos lo que tenía el bb, nosotros asombrados no sabíamos que habia pasado, y nos indicaban que no habia desarrollado una mano que nos asombro, ya hoy e n día el bb tiene mas de 1 año,

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Harry – My Story

amniotic band syndrome

It all started on the 5th July 2009. I was born with a condition called amniotic constriction bands. This happens when you are in your mum’s tummy and bands randomly wrap around your body. The worst case scenario is your limbs could be chopped off. Luckily, this did not happen to me although on my left hand half my thumb was chopped off, my right hand was more severe because all of my fingers were fused together and a few bits were cut off.

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My ABS Story

I was born in 2003 with deformed toes on my left foot and partially deformed toes on my right foot due to ABS.

As a child, I was bullied and was very insecure about my “defect,” even though I could move just as well as a normal person could. When I was in second grade, I told myself I could never wear open-toed shoes outside and would be forced to keep my toes a secret or I would never get friends or a boyfriend.

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ABS experience

My baby was born with ABS. His left hand has a fully developed thumb, his pinky was underdeveloped but made length but his three middle fingers remained webbed. This was not detected in any of my ultrasounds so it was a shock to see this when he was born. I spent/spend days crying feeling like I did something wrong.

He can use his hand. Not like the right hand but he works with what he has. I accept the things I cannot change.

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My little princess with ABS

Hi there.

I am so glad that I have found this site concerning ABS.

I gave birth to my little girl on the 08 September 2016, it was a long and difficult pregnancy. The doctors were worried about the baby, because she was not growing well, each scan we went for, told us the same thing. Eventually doctors diagnosed my condition as IUGR.

She was born at 38 weeks and weighed 2.050 kg. We were so focused on the baby not growing well,

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Childhood misconceptions

I was born in 1964, and my parents were not given a name or reason why my fingers were different. Here are some poignant stories related to my difference growing up:

As a child, I thought I wouldn’t be allowed to marry because I could not wear a wedding ring on my left ring finger.

I remember being uncomfortable at Thanksgiving, when the class would trace their hand to create a picture of a turkey. I never would.

In elementary school,

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My ABS Story

I was born in 1989 with ABS affecting both of my of hands and feet. I’m a few fingers and toes short of a set and the ones that I have come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I was incredibly lucky to receive top care from Sick Kids hospital in Toronto, Canada where I underwent numerous reconstructive surgeries to give me the best possible use of my hands and feet. I have had skin grafts and bone grafts and stitches and I came out relatively unscathed on the other side.

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Isaac’s Nibs

ABS nibs

Shortly after my twins were born, my husband walked my son over to my recovery bed (I had a C-section) with a stunned look on his face and said, ‘Look at this.’ He peeled Isaac’s hand open to reveal a strange looking little left hand. My husband was the first to notice the anomaly, despite having nearly a dozen medical professionals involved in the twins’ delivery.

We were shocked and upset. We silently and immediately began to question all the things he wouldn’t be able to do without 4 functioning fingers.

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