A mother who was advised by doctors "three or four times" to have an abortion gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
At just 12 weeks pregnant, Kimberly James was diagnosed with hydrops fetalis, a rare but serious condition described as "accumulation of fluid in at least two fetal compartments." The condition has a survival rate of just 10%.
Her baby was also diagnosed with cystic hygroma — abnormal growths in the lymphatic system near a baby's neck and head.
Doctors told James that her baby would not survive the pregnancy and advised her to have an abortion. James, however, refused the procedure.
"After the first time we had a scan at 12 weeks at Worcestershire Royal Hospital we were referred to a consultant... It was then we were offered a termination pretty much the second time we had seen her," James said. "We said no because it was absolutely not what we wanted to do. We asked them why and unfortunately they couldn't give an answer."
Before she went into labor, both life-threatening conditions resolved themselves. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Penelope, in May.
"Penelope defied all odds and the hydrops disappeared at 16 weeks and the cystic hygroma also disappeared after 20 weeks," James recalled. "We are so in love with her and so thankful that we continued with the pregnancy despite the extremely poor prognosis at the start."