In celebrating the birth of an extraordinary boy, the mother of a son born with a unique condition expressed unyielding confidence in her decision. At 11 months old, Henry Higgs finds joy in playful moments in the bath, reaching for his toys with enthusiasm.
Rosie Higgs, the mother, received news about a potential amniotic band during her 20-week pregnancy. Despite concerns raised by friends and family about potential challenges, Rosie, a mother of three from Harrow, North London, remained resolute in her belief that she was welcoming a son.
Navigating the uncertainties that often accompany pregnancies, Rosie shared, “I didn’t listen. I felt a lot of worry and distress. Henry may not have all of his limbs, but I have no doubt that he will lead a good and full life despite his restrictions. Henry deserved a chance, Peter and I agreed. Peter was delighted, and we decided everything together.
“We were aware that ending the pregnancy was not an option. Dealing with children with special needs every day, I am confident that Henry will be okay. Pregnancy can be frightening at times. Every four weeks, I had scans, and they kept a close watch. To make matters worse, Rosie’s 55-year-old devoted mother, Paula, faced challenges due to the global pandemic.
“It was horrible not to have my mother there when I was in labor, especially knowing Henry was high risk,” Rosie continued. Fortunately, the midwife provided exceptional care. The midwives asked me whether I wanted to meet Henry straight away because I was so anxious and under a lot of stress throughout labor.
You can only learn so much from scans. There was quite a build-up, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when Henry was born on May 13 at Northwick Park Hospital in London, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz. The midwives moved Henry to the side while his 39-year-old father Peter, a supervisor of Emirates’ seats and facilities, went to see Henry first.
As soon as Peter introduced him to me, I fell in love. Henry is making excellent progress and is extremely content. His morning chatter lifts my spirits. Henry enjoys using his high chair and is content, but we must exercise caution. Despite not having all of his limbs, he has a talkative personality and a mischievous smile that never fades. He adores his older sibling, and for me, he is nothing short of ideal.