|21 weeks 3D Ultrasound: diagnosis revealed|
When I was 21 weeks pregnant, the fetus that was our growing son was diagnosed with arthrogryposis. In layman’s terms, it means that his joints are abnormally stiff and he needs a lot of physical and occupational therapy to get them to not be so stiff. He may also require a number of surgeries to help loosen and stretch the tendons in his joints. He’s already had one performed on his Achilles tendons and he will soon be due for a second procedure to his Achilles tendons.
Liam was born, full term, by Cesarean section. He presented breech position about 2 weeks before his due date, so the C-section was planned. Because of his diagnosis, doctors wanted to monitor his vitals closely. He was in the NICU for 8 days before his release.
In spite of his condition, Liam's brain and skeleton are completely fine. Liam is a perfectly functional and normal baby and while some milestones may be a struggle due to his limited joint mobility, he is still thriving and even exceeding other milestones. He is a very happy and sweet baby. To him, no one is a stranger and he is such a joy to be around according to anyone who has ever had the pleasure to meet him. My husband, Wayne, and I are very proud of him and in spite of what he has been through in his life so far, he is still full of smiles and laughs.
|Liam now, at 6 months old|