Praising her ideal son, Rosie Higgs, a mother of three from Harrow, North London, shared that she never considered herself when her 11-month-old son, Henry Higgs, plays happily in the bathtub, reaching for his toys.
Rosie first learned about the possibility of an amniotic band affecting Henry during a 20-week pregnancy check. Despite concerns from family and friends about potential physical obstacles and whether she should consider aborting the pregnancy, Rosie remained steadfast in her decision to have her son.
Facing skepticism, Rosie expressed her confidence that Henry, who may not have all his limbs, will lead a fulfilling life. She and her husband, Peter, agreed that Henry deserved a chance. Despite the challenges, Rosie, who deals with children with special needs every day, reassured herself that Henry would be okay. Throughout the pregnancy, Rosie had regular scans and faced the added difficulty of her 55-year-old mother, Paula, being unable to be present due to the global pandemic.
Despite the challenges, Rosie found solace in the outstanding care provided by the midwife. She vividly recounted the anxious moments during labor and the relief of finally meeting Henry, who was born healthy on May 13 at Northwick Park Hospital in London, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz. Rosie fell in love with Henry immediately, and despite his physical differences, she described him as ideal with a talkative personality, a mischievous smile, and a deep affection for his older sibling.
In the face of uncertainties and challenges, Rosie remains confident that Henry will continue to make excellent progress and lead a content and fulfilling life, emphasizing the importance of giving him a chance despite his physical restrictions.