Jillian was thrilled to learn she was pregnant with a baby boy. However, her elation quickly turned to concern when her son, Robert, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at 19 weeks gestation.
Hydrocephalus is a potentially fatal illness that results in a buildup of water on the brain, and can cause a baby’s head to swell up to three or four times its normal size.
Doctors repeatedly told Jillian to terminate her pregnancy. Even if Robert did survive past childbirth, they said he would have little to no quality of life. In fact, they said he would most likely “spastically move and drool.”
But Jillian remained defiant. It took lots of prayers, lots of cuddles, and lots of support — but together, Jillian and Robert have proved the doctors completely wrong.
Today, Robert is six years old and in the first-grade. He is very intelligent and loves playing on the iPad and the piano. Although he does have developmental delays, Jillian says he reads, counts, and knows all of his animals, shapes, and colors.
Robert has undergone several brain surgeries, but continues to fight every day. In 2015, Robert was a sparrow for Grants Pass High School, where funds were raised so he could celebrate an amazing Christmas in Oregon with his mom and loving little brother, Mason.
Doctors told Jillian to terminate her pregnancy, but she refused.
…But six years later, Robert has defied all the odds stacked against him.
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