Adoptive Mom Abandons Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder: How You Can Help
Five months ago, Christina Fisher arranged an adoption for her unborn baby. Now she is raising the child on her own after the prospective adoptive mom abandoned little Abigail Lynn at the hospital upon learning she was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
The story is bittersweet for the Fort Walton Beach, Florida mom, who loves her daughter dearly, but is struggling to care for a child she was not prepared to raise. She will also likely have higher than usual medical costs due to her condition.
Treacher Collins affects the development of facial bones and tissue, which aside from deformity can cause hearing, vision and breathing issues in some cases. The condition is treatable with plastic surgery.
The 36-year-old has set up a GoFundMe page to help with basic needs like diapers, wipes, and clothing, and while she has already exceeded her modest $6,000 goal, we're sure she and Abigail could use more help.
On the page, the mom of two recounts the day her youngest daughter was born. "The adoptive mom left the hospital crying saying how deformed she is … [I]never heard from her again."
According to Christina, the condition did not present itself in ultrasound or amniocentesis prior to Abigail's birth.
Despite being unprepared for the financial burdens of raising a child, let alone one with special needs, the struggling mom says she can no longer imagine her life without either of her daughters.
One cost the new mom won't need to worry about is keepsake photos to cherish. Photographer Oksana Peery has taken some beautiful photos of mom and baby, some of which you can see here.
To see more of photographer Oksana's work, visit her professional website.