The news came at 20 weeks into the pregnancy. The same day they found out they were having a boy, Mary and Mark found out their baby had a small chance of survival. Their child had the rare disorder, encephalocele in which the brain develops outside of the skull. The doctors suggested that they have an abortion because the chance of survival for the baby was extremely low, but they put everything into Jesus’ hands and now Dominic is 4 years old!
“I had a lot of sleepless nights,” Dr. Meara recalled, “because so many things can go wrong in a case like this.”The operation took a week of planning and then lasted almost 20 hours. The surgery was a success and Dominic is now a happy boy with a normal life. It is a true miracle that Dominic is here with us.
The day Dominic was born, a group of friends had a tree planted in our yard in his honor,” says Mark. “I remember thinking, 10 years from now, I’m either going to look at that tree and think of the son I lost, or watch him climb its branches. Right now, thanks to so many wonderful people at Boston Children’s and beyond, I’m excited to watch him hanging from that tree as they both grow bigger and stronger.” Have you ever seen this before?