Every year on my sister Marita’s birthday, my mom tells the story of her birth. After a night spent wondering if my mom and baby Marita were going to live, my dad placed my sister in my mom’s arms and said, “We’ve been blessed with a little angel.”
Marita has a rare genetic disorder — a partial chromosomal deletion and partial trisomy — that caused multiple physical and intellectual disabilities. Because her condition is genetic, shortly after she was born, a doctor advised my parents to pursue prenatal testing for any future children. He said any “problems” would just be “taken care of.” My parents — who believe all life is sacred from the moment of conception and were completely in love with their new baby girl — found a new doctor.