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IN People ON 20 Dec, 2015
Not all babies are born equally. Some have diseases immediately, and treatment differs. Actually, some parents have no money or are not near public hospitals so they suffer more. But not everyone faces such negative outcomes, as this story shows how even going through so much before even being born is not enough to make one feel sad and hopeless. This inspiring story about a girl who defied the odds should keep us happy and know that somewhere out there, doctors are doing their best to keep families together.
Hope Davis seems just like another child, but she actually had to undergo five surgeries when she was still inside her mother's womb. This is because she has a rare condition called non-immune hydrops fetalis that makes fluid develop in her cavities. Thus, Mother Jen had to get rid of the fluid of her baby while she had her inside.
When Hope Davis was born, doctors told the family that she wouldn't survive for more than 12 hours because of her condition.
Instead of dying immediately, Hope Davis has actually been alive for ten years now. Even though her lungs are smaller than the average lungs, she's still healthy and has since defied the predictions of the doctors.
In case anyone is wondering what non-immune hydrops fetalis looks like to other babies, it's practically the same. The damage is as deadly, and they need immediate medical attention.
While Hope Davis managed to survive and live on far longer than expected, the next child of Jen and Gary Davis didn't fare as well. Teddy eventually died because of the same disease.
In order to raise funds for Liverpool Women's Hospital out of gratitude for taking care of Hope Davis and her mother and to remember Teddy, Hope and Jen have started to go and participate in marathons.
Hope's name signifies everything that is right with the world. Despite sickness and pain, there is hope indeed through sheer determination and through the help of doctors around the world who are willing to study about medicine and the human body so that they could save lives.
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