The miracle of Anne and Mark: from not being able to be parents to having a baby who almost lost his life

Miracles exist. Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark got married a few years ago. Although they were told that they would not have children, they tried to move on and later, to their great surprise, they found out that they were going to have a baby. Suddenly, happiness turned into a nightmare when they found out that the creature’s life was in danger. through the social mediatold their moving viral story.

Anne and Mark met through Internet in May 2019. Despite living in different parts of Chinathey fell in love and decided to contract marriage in June 2020 (Taiwan). From there, both began their struggle to become parents; as he reported .

The path full of obstacles

From the beginning, the woman did not hide any secrets from her lover and talked about the possibility of increasing the family. “Almost 12 years since I had had a menstrual cycle”the wife confessed. Without thinking twice, Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark tried to have a baby together with the in vitro fertilization (IVF).

However, things did not go as expected and just before Mother’s Day (2021) the procedure failed. “It was a pretty low point last spring just dealing with some of that disappointment.” Anne confessed.

miraculously pregnant

Months passed and the couple received totally unexpected news while visiting their family in Maine (United States): the woman discovered that she was pregnant naturally. “We were so impressed. We thought ‘How is this possible?’” Mark remembered.

In a short time, the happiness of the future parents changed drastically, as they learned at 20 weeks of pregnancy that the baby developed pleural effusion and dropsy. That is, the creature’s lungs had large amounts of fluid.

Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark with the test knowing that they will be parents naturally.  (Image capture: ABC13Houston / YouTube)
Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark with the test knowing that they will be parents naturally. (Image capture: ABC13Houston / YouTube)

Although the doctors proposed “simply terminate the pregnancy”, Anne underwent two treatments to drain the fluid, but they were unsuccessful. Faced with this complicated situation, a childhood friend and gynecologist recommended the Dr Ramesha Papannaspecialist in high-risk pregnancies.

Operation with a happy ending

Immediately, Papanna met with the couple. After the talk, the doctor managed to locate a device in Canada to place it in the chest of the fetus. “Sometimes it can happen because something else is going on. Heart failure in the baby and anemic baby”, Ramesha noted about the baby’s condition.

Knowing that their child might not survive the journey, Mark and Anne traveled from Taiwan to Houston on Christmas Day to begin the procedure. Fortunately, the surgery, performed on December 26, “went very well”.

Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark with their newborn.  (Image capture: ABC13Houston / YouTube)
Anne Briggs-Cheng and Mark with their newborn. (Image capture: ABC13Houston / YouTube)

“It was a two-minute procedure, and that was all it took,” explained Papana. Anne was under medical care for three months until she finally gave birth on March 18. Now, the word “Hope” is little Abigail’s middle name.

What is in vitro fertilization

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex technique by which the fertilization of oocytes by sperm outside the mother’s body is achieved. It is the main treatment for sterility when other methods of reproduction have not been successful.

The fertilized egg (zygote) can then be transferred to the of the woman, with a view to implanting it in the uterus and continuing its development until childbirth.

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