|A healthy Nicholas at birth|
Hatfield writes about the people who wrote her son off and didn't think he was worth treating, and reflects that "everyone, regardless of genetic makeup, ability, or disability, should be treated with kindness and compassion, especially when their lives are so limited."
Ninety-five percent of babies with Trisomy 18 do not live beyond a week. Hatfield knows that her son's time might be limited, but "Zane is a living example of how the medical community is not the end-all of knowledge." While she appreciated the honesty about the statistics assocated with the genetic disorder, she also faced anxiety and hopelessness because they were all so sure they knew what would happen.
After our 117 days in the NICU, I can sure relate to that.