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Miracle Baby Is Born With Back-to-front Legs And No Buttocks Because Of A Condition So Rare It Only Strikes Five People In The Uk

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A baby is one of just five people in the UK to suffer from a condition that caused him to be born with back-to-front legs and no buttocks.

Tracy Fletcher gave birth to Baron last month. He has caudal regression syndrome (CDS), which has also left him with clubbed feet and no control over his lower body.

Ms Fletcher, 39, from Cheltenham, was advised to abort her pregnancy after the rare condition was picked up at a 20-week scan.

Despite being warned Baron would never walk, as well as suffer severe kidney, bowel and bladder problems, Ms Fletcher continued with the pregnancy.

'We've accepted that if he's disabled we'll help as much we can. We don't want him brought up any differently to any other baby,' Ms Fletcher said.

Baron was born last month with his legs back to front due to a rare condition that affects just five people in the UK. Although his parents Tracey Fletcher and Edward were aware of what was coming, she described his legs as being 'almost parallel with his shoulders'
Baron was born last month with his legs back to front due to a rare condition that affects just five people in the UK. Although his parents Tracey Fletcher and Edward were aware of what was coming, she described his legs as being 'almost parallel with his shoulders'
Baron will never be able to walk and is set to suffer severe bladder, bowel and kidney problems
Baron will never be able to walk and is set to suffer severe bladder, bowel and kidney problems
Ms Fletcher and her partner Edward, whose last name is unknown, first discovered something was wrong during a routine scan.

The care assistant said: 'After the 20-week scan we immediately started wondering what quality of life he would have and if he'd have a chance of life at all.

'The doctor said he'd be severely handicapped, would never walk and would have kidney problems, bladder and bowel problems.

'But in the end, we decided to continue and to bring our child into the world.'

The youngster was delivered by two surgeons four weeks early. 'After I came round they asked if I wanted to see him,' Ms Fletcher said.

'As they lifted the screen up, the full reality hit home of what we had to face. He looked a lot worse than we thought, his legs were almost parallel with his shoulders.

'It was a very difficult moment and the first time I held him it was quite scary. A nurse said that in all of her 25 years she'd never come across a baby with the condition.'

The youngster was immediately put into an inducted coma after his lungs filled with fluid and was only able to go home three weeks later.

'While he was intensive care I was with him every single day and he just looked so alone and helpless,' Ms Fletcher said.

Although Baron is now home from his stint in hospital, the family still face challenges every day.

'We can't dress him properly because of the position of his legs and he can't kick them,' Ms Fletcher said.

'He has no feeling in his legs or across the lower part of his body but has recently started to move in some areas.

'He's making so much progress each and every day but we're unsure what quality of life he'll have. In spite of everything he's happy all the time.'
www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6433735/amp/Miracle-baby-born-legs-no-buttocks.html
Miracle Baby Is Born With Back-to-front Legs And No Buttocks Because Of A Condition So Rare It Only Strikes Five People In The Uk - General Discussion

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