In November 2002 I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks, up till then I hadn't really seen myself as somebodies mum. Soon after I found out I was pregnent again, I had an interesting pregnancy to say the least!!! 8 1/2 months of constant sickness, welcome to motherhood!!.  On the 1st August 2003 after a 36 hour labour, George was born at 12.56pm. The midwife placed this tiny 7lb bundle on my chest, he looked so perfect. He looked just like a George from the moment I saw him.  I went to hold his hand and thats when my world turned upside down.

 

Within 10 minutes the delivery room was full of doctors, nurses, midwives, seemed to me like half of Warrington was in there!! I didn't have a clue what was going on, we were then taken down to the ward, and given a room of our own. I still had no clue what was wrong with my baby.


After a while a consultant came to see us and said that although he had never seen a case of it, he thought my George had been born with Amniotic Band Syndrome. All I heard was blah blah, I couldnt take any of it in, all I kept thinking was there  something wrong with my baby, and it was my fault? I had carried him for 8 1/2 months, tried to keep him safe, and I had failed in doing something that other people do so naturally. The next few days doctors came and went, writting notes, taking pictures and telling us about ABS.


Then it was off home with my beautiful little son. I found it very hard to explain to people who visted us what was wrong with George and how it had happened because the cause was never explained to us. Purely because I think the doctors didn't know themselves.            

 

George had several appointments with doctors and surgeons in the first few months of his life, and it was decided that they would operate when he was just over 1 year old.  Georges fingers on both hands were fused together with thin pieces of skin, he had no ends to a couple of his fingers, and a tiny ring finger. One of his thumbs was missing the top half, and he had a bobble on top of one of his other fingers.  His feet were also affected, he has a big toe missing and two tiny toes that grow out of each other.


During Georges operation, they removed the bobble from the top of his finger, released the skin to allow his fingers to be seperate, and took a skin graft from his thigh to make his palm able to open more.  He spent a couple of weeks in bandages up to his elbows on both hands.

 

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For months and months afterwards George had physio on his hands, at one of his appointments they had told me that they thought he may have trouble walking and he may also not be able to write.  At 14 months old George took his first steps,  I sat there and cried. This was the first time he would prove everyone wrong, and it certainly wouldnt be the last.


When george was two he started nursery, i was so worried about other children making fun of him, but he has been so lucky, his friends just accept him for who he is.


George is 6 now, and the most amazing little boy ever, he can walk, write, build lego, and do everything else a 6 year old can do.


Having researched ABS for years, I have stopped blaming myself for the way George is, its just one of those things. I am so thankful everyday that he is here, as many babies affected by ABS dont make it into this world. He may be a little sod sometimes, cheeky and drive me up the wall, but I am so proud of George and his special fingers.


Everybody is a little different, and without this, the world would be a boring place.
 
Thanks for reading Georges story xxxx

 

 

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