Little Joseea[euro][TM]s Brilliant Eyes Outshine the Months of Fear

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Little Joseea[euro][TM]s Brilliant Eyes Outshine the Months of Fear


THEIR daughter Josee Hope was born with 10 tiny fingers and toes, a hairstyle they jokingly refer to as a mohawk, two piercing dark blue eyes and 47 chromosomes.

When Toogoomas Joelle and Lewis Kelly attended the 12-week scan after finding out they were expecting their third child, both were looking forward to catching a glimpse of their new baby. Neither was expecting a diagnosis that would change their lives.

As Joelle admired the sight of her baby on the screen, tests were being carried out that led to staff informing her that her baby had a one in two chance of having Down syndrome.

aI was pretty devastated,a Joelle said. aItas sad to look back and think that was my reaction at now.a

While the diagnosis hit Joelle hard, she said her husband was her rock through those first difficult moments.

The family decided they needed a second opinion and travelled to Tasmania, where they had lived before moving to Toogoom, to have another consultation done.

Joelle was attended by the head of obstetric imaging at the hospital and when the baby was examined, the doctor had some shocking news.

Fluid had increased around the babyas heart and other organs.

aShe was a ball of fluid,a Joelle said.

The doctor told Joelle that she should expect her baby to die in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Another test, which sampled the placental tissue, confirmed the diagnosis of Down syndrome but that had faded into near irrelevance when she heard her babyas life was at risk, Joelle said.

aIt put the diagnosis in perspective,a she said. …

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