Mhari and Paul Morris were expecting a brand new baby to be welcomed into the world. They were almost 20 weeks along and just found out that their baby was a boy and according to her last checkup Mhari was doing fine. However, that wasn’t the case for long. Mhari’s water broke at 20 weeks and they rushed to the hospital where her doctor suggested early termination, a premature abortion, because the fetus was not viable at only 20 weeks. 27 weeks is when most doctors will allow some hope for survival but a fetus is not considered full term until 38 weeks. But the Morris’ disagreed with their doctor’s prognosis. They believed that their baby was going to make it and declined termination against their doctor’s recommendation… Here is their story:
The fetus that had no chance at life according to his doctor but was able to hang on for 5 more weeks after his mother’s water broke. He was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1.4 lbs and they named him Jett Morris. This is what Mhari said in regards to her doctor’s recommending termination: “When my water broke at 20 weeks, they didn’t see him as a child yet; they just called him a ‘non-viable fetus.’ It was cold and I was devastated.”
Jett was very early and had some major hurdles to get through. He suffered from chronic lung disease and jaundice and he also had two holes in his heart.
“I was in the early pregnancy unit and no-one from pediatrics came to talk to me about my other options. But I’d just had a 20-week scan and everything was perfect and finding out it was a boy made it very hard to accept a termination. The doctor said ‘You have to have a termination because there’s nothing we can do.'”
However, Jett was a fighter, just like his mom and dad!
Jett was able to recover from his illness as his lungs and organs developed. He was allowed to go home almost 3 weeks before his original due date!
“I understand doctors have to tell you the worst case scenario and must be blunt, but no two people on this Earth are exactly the same and doctors didn’t even give Jett a chance. When he came back in and Paul and I had talked we told him I wouldn’t be going into theatre and the doctor looked at his watch and rolled his eyes at me, as if I was wasting time. I said to Paul ‘we have to get out of here.'”
“We have a happy outcome, but I worry that other mothers could have had an abortion when their babies might have survived.”
As a mother myself, I too would do absolutely everything within my power to give my child a chance at life. I couldn’t imagine how devastated I would be if I was told my child had no chance at survival. I would hope that I could be as strong-willed as the Miller family in fighting for life!