A mother who rejected advice to abort her daughter at twelve weeks old now says she is a “sassy, feisty and strong little girl”.
Naomi Moazzeny explained that she recognised the humanity of her unborn child from the moment she knew she was pregnant and there was “not a chance” of having an abortion.
Three years on, Naomi says her daughter still requires medical assistance, but she “doesn’t let anything stop her”.
Baby Riziah was born at 37 weeks weighing 5lb 13oz, with Heterotaxy Syndrome. She was taken to intensive care and transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
At nine days old she had heart surgery but then began breathing on her own.
…there was not a chance we were terminating this pregnancy.
Although Riziah is on daily medication, and the syndrome affects other organs, she has now started nursery and is doing well.
Naomi told the media: “When I went for my 12 week scan I was told our baby’s life would end while I was pregnant.
“And I was offered a termination.
“But we told doctors that this had been our baby since we saw that blue line and there was not a chance we were terminating this pregnancy.”
“When people meet her and they find out all she has been through and all that’s going on inside her they are gobsmacked.
“She doesn’t let anything stop her.
“She is such a sassy, feisty and strong little girl”, she added.
It is devastating to think of the countless parents who have aborted their baby under the pressure from doctors.
“I can see her being a nurse or something in the medical profession because she is so caring and I would be surprised if she didn’t go into something where she could give back to people.”
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) described the story as “heart-warming” but added it also told a cautionary note.
It added that such stories “highlight just how seriously mistaken medical staff can sometimes be”.
“It is devastating to think of the countless parents who have aborted their baby under the pressure from doctors.”