Having a child can be a challenging prospect. So when Christina Fisher got pregnant, she felt she couldn’t raise her child. No matter how much we plan and prepare for, we’re never in complete control of things that happen in our lives. And that’s why we sometimes have to make incredibly difficult decisions. Although childbirth is commonly called a miracle, sometimes it comes with complications.
No matter what we do to ensure our babies are safe and healthy when they finally arrive, there are some genetic conditions which simply can’t be planned for. One of those conditions is treatured Colin syndrome, a congenital disorder which affects the health formation of the facial bones. Although it results in serious malformation of the nose, eyes, ears, cheekbones and jaw, these babies are typically born with normal intelligence and brain function.
It’s no secret that adoptions can bring about some seriously emotionally charged situations, especially when it comes time for the adoptive parents to meet their new child. And although most of these stories are inspirational, every once in a while we hear about one that completely defies belief.
In a story out of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a baby named Abigail Lynn Fisher was affected by this rare disorder. When Christina Fisher, age 36, became pregnant, she was forced to take the toughest decision of her life. She lived literally at the bottom of society, had no money, and was sleeping in a caravan. At the time she discovered she was pregnant, the father of the child had left and disappeared without a trace. Christina felt that she simply couldn’t give the child the security that it served.
Adoption thus seemed like the best choice. Obviously, it wasn’t an easy decision, but Christina felt it had to be done. Using an adoption agency, she found a few people who were willing to take care of her child. But shortly after her baby’s birth, the unthinkable happened. The daughter, named Abigail Lynn, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, caused by a mutation in a gene on chromosome five.
It made little Abigail’s face look a little different, something that shocked the adoptive parents to the point that they refused to adopt the girl. They rushed out of the hospital as soon as they saw Abigail. That’s when the distraught mother, Christina, felt compelled to act. 36 year old Christina Fisher from Florida rocked her six month old daughter, Abigail Lynn. It was a miracle that she even still had her daughter in her own hands, as she already decided to put her out for adoption and had already accepted the idea that she’d probably never see her again.
When Christina became pregnant, she was unemployed, lived in a broken caravan and was afraid she wouldn’t be able to take care of her child. But shortly after the birth in January 2016, everything changed. Doctors explained that Abigail had treatier Collin syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects facial development, especially the cheekbones, jaw, ears and eyelids.
The doctors told Christina that her daughter was born with a very rare genetic disease, Treater Collins syndrome, or TCS. Tcs manifests itself in a way that renders the face underdeveloped, but otherwise, children born with TCS tend to experience few symptoms.
When Abigail was born, looking different, it came as a shock to many, certainly to her adoptive parents. The doctors hadn’t seen anything suspicious on the ultrasounds, and, as Abigail expected, the adoptive parents panicked inside the hospital when they were visiting their future adopted daughter. The adoptive mother screamed, cried and rushed out of the hospital, and Christina never saw the adoptive parents again.
After the adoptive mother fled, Fisher said, she took it as a sign that she was supposed to be mine, and now she’s my heart. Fisher said she’s thankful the adoptive family made the choice it did, allowing her to keep her daughter.
I’m not a religious person at all, but I know when something is smacking me in the face, she said. I just knew I would never be able to give her up. I would always be wondering if they were taking care of her properly. Abigail may need cochlear implants when she gets older, but because the condition doesn’t affect the brain, she should be able to have a typical childhood. There are doctors with Treatured Collins, even a male model, Fisher said.
She may need reconstructive surgery, but she’ll be able to lead a perfectly normal life. Now Fisher and her baby are living with a friend in a two bedroom apartment. She’s working at a fast food restaurant to support her newborn daughter. While she’s thankful to the adoptive family, she doesn’t plan on telling her daughter about what might have been that kind of rejection from someone so shallow she doesn’t need to know about it, she said. They missed out on the most amazing baby in the world.
Christina took the adoptive mother’s reaction as a sign a sign that she herself was meant to take care of the child. I realized then that I couldn’t leave her, said Christina. Abigail is otherwise completely healthy, and she’ll be able to live a normal life. She does, however, need to undergo a few corrective interventions when she gets a little older. A fundraiser has been launched to help Christina give Abigail a more secure life.
Christina also gotten in touch with photographer Aksana Perry, and together they took these stunning beautiful photos of Christina and Abigail, which have touched thousands of hearts. In retrospect, Christina is very happy with her decision. In her eyes, she bore the most wonderful child in the world. The stories touched the community in many ways. Over 500 people have donated to a Go fund me to help Christina Fisher raise her little angel.
So far, they’ve reached about $22,376 of their $25,000 goal. What will add a Gal Lynn’s future look like? She might need reconstructive surgery in the future, but the condition will not have other impacts on her. Overall, this story shows the power of love shared by a mother and daughter. Although Christina was initially overwhelmed by the prospect of having a daughter, she eventually came to fall completely in love with little Abigail Lynn and after seeing their pictures together, it’s not hard to see why we humans can be amazing when we get together and refuse to give up on a child just because they have a disease or look different.
It seems like Fate decided that Christina needed to keep her child because the decision she made to give her daughter up for adoption is something that no mum or dad wants to make. We think Abigail is super cute and we wish her all the best in the future. We’d also like to thank all the strangers out there who helped this little family get off to a good start.
Treaty Collin syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin. The degree to which a person is affected, however, may vary from mild to severe.
Complications may include breathing problems, problem seeing, cleft palate, and hearing loss. Those affected generally have normal intelligence. Treatier Collins syndrome is not curable. Symptoms may be managed with reconstructive surgery, hearing AIDS, speech therapy, and other assistive devices. Life expectancy is generally normal.
Tcs occurs in about one in 500 people. These syndrome is named after Edward Treacher Collins, an English surgeon and ophthalmologist who described its essential traits in 1900. Most affected people also experience eye problems, including Cola Boma or notches in the lower eyelids, partial or complete absence of eyelashes on the lower lid, downward angled eyelids, drooping of upper and lower eyelids, and narrowing of the tear ducts.
Vision loss can occur and is associated with strabismus refractive errors and enysometropia. Severely dry eyes, a consequence of lower eyelid abnormalities and frequent eye infections, can also cause it.
Although an abnormally shaped skull is not distinctive for treatier Collins syndrome, brachocephaly with dietemporal narrowing is sometimes observed. Cleft palate is also common. Dental anomalies are seen in 60% of affected people, including toothogenesis discoloration or enamel, opacities, male placement of the maxillary, first molars, and wide spacing of the teeth.
In some cases, dental anomalies in combinations with mandible hypoplasia result in a male occlusion. This can lead to problems with food intake and the ability to close the mouth.
Less common features of TCS may add to an affected person’s breathing problems, including sleep apnea, coneal atresia, or stenosis is a narrowing of absence of the cone. The internal opening of the nasal passages, which may also be observed. Underdevelopment of the pharynx, can also narrow the airway.
Features related to TCS that are seen less frequently include nasal deformities, high arched palette, Macrostomia, preorial hair displacement, cleft palette, hypertensm notched, upper eyelid, and congenital heart defects.
Although facial deformity is often associated with developmental delay and intellectual disability, more than 95% of people affected with TCS have normal intelligence the psychological and social problems associated with facial deformity can affect quality of life in individuals with TCS.
There are two ways for a child to have Treacher Collins syndrome, Christina said. If both parents carry the gene or if one of the parents has the syndrome, Abigail’s father has Treacher Collins. One in 500 children are born with a condition. Abigail’s big Brown eyes slant downward. Her ears and mouth are malformed.