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A mum whose son was born with missing limbs said there was no doubt she'd keep him after being given the news.
Rosie Higgs was told her son would be born with no legs and just one arm with a webbed hand at her 20-week scan, the Daily Mirror reports.
The 29-year-old mum was informed her son was likely to have Amniotic Band Syndrome – where strands in the womb entangle a baby’s limbs and inhibit proper growth.
Following the news, she was questioned by friends and family about whether she would terminate the pregnancy given the challenging life he would face.
But now as she looks at her “perfect” 11-month-old Henry gurgling with delight playing with his rubber bath toys she knows it is the “best decision” she has ever made.
The special needs school care assistant from Harrow, North London, said: “I was keeping him – no matter what I was advised.
“People warned he might have a tricky life full of limitations but I didn’t listen. Even though Henry doesn’t have all his limbs, I’m determined he will have a fantastic and full life without limitations.”
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To make matters worse, due to the pandemic, Rosie’s supportive mum, Paula, 55, could not be at the birth at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.
Rosie said: “It was heartbreaking, especially as Henry was high risk. But the midwives were incredible.”
Henry was born by caesarean weighing a healthy 8lb 2oz. She said: “The midwives asked if I wanted to see him straight away as I was nervous.
“Scans can only tell you so much. It was such a build-up and a worry when he first came out I didn’t know what to expect.”
Midwives took Henry to one side and Peter, an Emirates facilities seating supervisor, saw him first.
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Rosie said: “As Peter passed me my little boy I fell in love.”
When Rosie took the tot home, sister Alice, 13, and brother Michael, seven, didn’t bat an eyelid at his physical differences.
Henry loves playing with his older brother and sister.
Rosie said: “Alice treats him like her own baby. She loves him so much. She’s his second mum.
“Regular baby clothing is very difficult as you have to roll everything up or it looks ridiculous. Mum likes to crochet and knits so she makes him outfits.”
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Henry had surgery at Great Ormond Street to separate his webbed hand and is "progressing really well".
“He might not have all of his arms and legs, but he’s absolutely perfect to me," Rosie added.
Peter and Rosie hope their experience will make adults realise it is all right for their children to be different.
The family has been supported by Reach, a charity that helps kids with upper limb differences lead full lives.
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