Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brazilian baby with anencephaly now ten months old

It's a miracle.

She now weighs 24.6 pounds, surpassing the average weight of her age group. Since April she has been at home with her parents in the city of Ribeirao Preto, 256 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

According to her pediatrician, Dr. Marcia Beani, despite her birth defect, Marcela is very active, can recognize her mother and cries when she is not in her arms. She still is being fed with a tube, but occasionally she can take soup and soft foods.

She uses an oxygen mask to breath but she can breathe on her own for around two hours per day.

If we don't let these babies live, we'll never develop ways to overcome anencephaly.

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