When Christina Fischer found out she was pregnant, she didn’t know what she was going to do. She already had a teenage daughter and had recently fallen homeless. No longer in contact with the baby’s father, she didn’t think she could take care of another child.
″I wasn’t ready to start again,” she said.
Determined to give her baby a chance at a better life, Christina decided the best course of action would be to give her up for adoption. She contacted a local adoption agency and they found a family who wanted to adopt.
The family kept in close contact with Christina throughout the pregnancy. Everything seemed set as they anxiously awaited the arrival of the little girl.
All of the ultrasounds throughout her pregnancy had appeared normal, but when Christina gave birth to Abigail Lynn in January 2016, she immediately noticed that something seemed different about the little girl.
Doctors diagnosed Abigail with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic condition in which some bones and tissues in the face aren’t developed.
Even though she knew Abigail looked “different,” Christina thought she was beautiful and was excited to introduce her to her new family.
But then something happened that left her stunned.
When the adoptive mother saw Abigail’s face, she changed her mind about the adoption.
“I let her take the other wristband into the NICU,” Christina recalled. “She came out crying and left the hospital. We never heard from them again.”
Christina couldn’t believe this family would let Abigail’s condition stand in the way of them adopting her.
She decided to take it as a sign.
Instead of trying to find another adoptive family, Christina decided she would take care of Abigail on her own. Looking back, it’s the best decision she ever made!
“I was not fully prepared for her but now [I] can no longer see my life without either one of my daughters,” she said.
Christina said she never plans to tell Abigail about the family that almost adopted her.
“That kind of rejection from someone so shallow…she doesn’t need to know about it,” she said, adding, “[That family] missed out on the most amazing baby in the world.”
“Now, she is my heart,” Christina continued. “Without her, I would cease to exist.”
“She saves my life every single day. She doesn’t know how much she means to me…she’ll understand one day.”
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