A mother, who gave birth to a son with a severe cleft palate that also took his eyes, has made a video -- see it below -- about her beloved boy. In it, she shows pictures and signs that outline their struggle with the rarest of birth defects. Only 50 people in the entire world have the same abnormalities as little Christian.
Lacey Buchanan of Woodbury, Tennessee says she faced awful comments and constant second looks after Christian was born in 2011. Despite not knowing if he would live at first and then faced wih the difficulty of raising him, she says she is immensely proud of her son and wants to show him off for all to see.
According to The Daily Mail, "Christian was born with a Tessier cleft, a severe type of cleft lip and palate that is characterised by severe deformities of soft tissue and bony parts of the face. It occurs when parts of the face do not fully fuse together while the baby is in the uterus. There are different categories of Tessier clefts, with deformities affecting the centre of the face, the nose and eyes, or large abnormalities of the lower jaw. It occurs in about one in 150,000 births."
Because the deformities develop in the womb, Buchanen had the option of aborting the fetus. A devout Christian, she chose not to, saying he is 'the love of my life.'
The happy child has become a YouTube sensation since his mother, Lacey, of Woodbury, Tennessee, posted a video of her blind bundle of joy to prove how he has overcome cruel bullies with his laughter.
During the seven-minute film, Lacey, 25, tells her heart-wrenching story by holding photos and signs up to the camera while keeping her one-year-old son’s face out of shot.
A week after Buchanan and her husband, Chris, discovered they were pregnant, the devout Christians were told their unborn child had developmental problems and there was an 85 per cent chance of her miscarrying.
While he defied the odds, Christian’s Tessier cleft lip and palate were so severe that he couldn’t close his mouth and his eyes just weren’t there, reveals his mom in her hand written notes. He had his first surgery at just four-days-old, and spent the next week in the intensive care unit at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
Despite her faith, Lacey admitted “things were hard,” and said they struggled with cruel people who asked 'What's wrong with your kid?,' with one woman even telling her she was 'horrible' for not aborting him.
“Anyone who meets Christian falls in love with him pretty quickly,” the devoted mom wrote on one note card reads.
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On her blog, LeadingTheBlind.com, the law student revealed that she was inspired to use flash cards to tell her story by a young woman named Lizzie, who was born with “a syndrome that was so rare it was unnamed. It distorted her facial features and interfered with her ability to gain weight.
“She tells the story of being in high school and someone taking an 8 second video of her, putting it on YouTube, and titling it ‘World's Ugliest Woman,’” she revealed.
“Personally, I thought she was beautiful!”
Now garnering over 20,000 hits a day on her own video, Lacey gushed: “I am absolutely blown away by the response that the video has had,” she said. “I never imagined it would be this big. Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting us in our journey!”
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