Updated: Jul 22
28 years ago on this day, we (my mom and I) almost didn't make it out of this hospital alive. I was what they called "Miracle Baby."
Photo: St. Anthony's Hospital aka "St. Agony's" by native Warwickians.
Almost every year, my mom retells the story of going into the hospital around 8:30 pm on July 14th. Shockingly, my mother went her entire pregnancy without being told she had a Molar Pregnancy.
What is a molar pregnancy? It's an abnormal form of pregnancy in which a non-viable fertilized egg implants in the uterus and will fail to come to term. Unfortunately, many of these normally lead to miscarriages early on in the pregnancy.
As for me, (my family can vouch) I kicked a lot while in the womb. Little did they know, I was not practicing for a pro career in soccer, but kicking a monstrous tumor away from me.
Despite all the womb trauma, on July 15th, (6 weeks before I was due) I was delivered by c-section at St. Anthony's Hospital.
I sometimes wonder: What special medical care my mother should have received during her pregnancy? What tests did I need during my childhood development? What nutritional guidance should've been given to help decrease inflammation during her pregnancy as well as during my early childhood?
The United States has a high birth mortality rate, and not to sound like an infomercial, but "If you are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant," please take your time to find a good doctor, and do your research. Remember, knowledge is power!
We are extremely grateful to Dr. James Brockunier and his team at St. Anthony's for making sure we made it through a normally, fatal experience.