This story originally appeared on Love What Matters. It was submitted by Jessica Everett Byrd from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Jessica has a daughter, Eliza who was born with Spina Bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.
Eliza is a miracle child; Jessica explained the hardships she and her husband, James had in conceiving her.
“My husband and I had been trying to conceive for years and had been diagnosed as infertile. We gave up hope. Then several months later a routine exam for some abdominal pain turned into ‘Hey, you’re pregnant. It’s a girl and she has Spina Bifida.’ At that appointment we were told Eliza would never walk, never have control of her bladder or bowels, had clubbed feet, and they couldn’t guarantee her cognitive ability. The doctor told us she was unsure of what her quality of life would be and suggested termination. Three times. We said no three times.
“She had back closure surgery and a shunt placement 2 days after she was born, and we were unable to hold her for 3 and a half weeks. She was in the NICU for 3 and a half weeks after birth.
“Three and a half years later we have this awesome kiddo that is smart as a whip and steals hearts everywhere she goes. She’s smart, she’s funny and it’s just an absolute joy to be her parent.
“We have our down days where disability woes get the best of us, but then things like this happen and we know that we were given such an amazing gift by our Father. She touches hearts and restores faith to everyone she meets.”
See what happens when Jessica takes Eliza to an easter egg hunt.