A Mother's Courage
We’ve all heard this week about the courage of the Navy SEALs. Courage always stirs my heart. Tomorrow being Mother’s Day in the United States I want to highlight the courage of a particular mother. I came across this article earlier in the week.
'After miscarriage I was prepared to risk my life for a baby': Mother with killer condition gives birth despite doctors' abortion advice
Last updated at 12:54 PM on 3rd May 2011
A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung.
Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid to bring first child Lily into the world, defied medics after enduring the agony of a miscarriage.
Mrs Hewetson, 29, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, said: ‘Losing my first baby was absolutely devastating for me and my husband - and I knew with Lily, I was prepared to risk my life for her.
I'd always dreamed about becoming a mum, and when I finally got pregnant, there was no way I was giving up on my baby.
‘It was a really frightening time - we both knew that the longer I was pregnant, the more tumours I had growing inside me - but my maternal instinct was too strong to even contemplate a termination.’
Her pregnancy caused her body to produce hormones that led her to suffer two potentially fatal conditions.
Mrs Hewetson was also diagnosed with Tuberous sclerosis, which causes benign tumours to grow on vital organs when she was just 12 weeks' pregnant.
She was also told she had Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a lung condition that affects just one in a million women, and causes the breathing organs to collapse.
But despite her own life being at risk, she was so desperate to become a mother that she was willing to risk her life.
Amazingly, the gamble paid off and she is now on the road to recovery. And her daughter is healthy.
What a brave woman. Courage is all around us in the most common of people and circumstances. I have said that society depends on the sacrifice and strength and dedication of our mothers. They raise us, teach us, labor in more ways than one for us, nurture us, clean us, and guide us toward maturity. They look into our eyes daily, hold us with those strong though feminine arms and through that mystic connection of sight and touch arouse the heart to love. Our mother’s love is in all our hearts, placed there from infancy only to blossom with time. We are what we are predominantly because of our mothers. Those Navy SEALs had mothers who steeled their character. It’s the rest of the world with all its vexations and tribulations that attempts to wear that primal love away.
I completely understand Donna Hewetson’s passion and determination. I don’t advocate such valor, just as I don’t advocate young men becoming Navy SEALs. Though not common any longer, women still do die in childbirth, and that notion alone—the notion that a mother risks her very life for the birth of us, her child—is enough to give us pause. What feats our mother’s did on Crispin’s Day, or, more precisely, our birth day. But when you come across such special heroism, it should be praised and honored. Mrs. Heweston, you are truly valiant.
And here is the heroic mother and child, a typical looking woman, but with obviously atypical heart:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you heroes, especially my wonderful wife celebrating her first Mother’s Day! Here’s a picture of mother and child. It’s not a recent one, going back to Thanksgiving, but I think it’s a special one.