Instead of living with her adoptive parents in Georgia, Abigail Lynn is now at home with her birth mother, Christina Fischer, in Florida. After seeing the child, who was born with defects, the adoptive mother ran out of the hospital in tears, but Fischer decided to keep her baby.
When Fischer found out she was pregnant, she knew she was not in a position to raise the child herself. Fischer said. She had already raised one daughter and thought she was done with children and the unborn child’s father was not in the picture.
Fischer was also living in an RV park and described herself as “basically homeless.” However, Fischer said she does not believe in abortion and made the difficult decision to find an adoptive family for her baby.
She found an adoption agency that would help her baby find a home and thought the family in Georgia would be a perfect fit. She communicated with the family during the pregnancy and thought everything was fine, including all her prenatal tests.
“Nothing was detected,” Fisher said. “They just told me her ears looked a little small.”
When Fisher gave birth to Abigail Lynn she was diagnosed with Treacher Collins, a very rare genetic condition that affects the bones and tissue of the face causing underdevelopment of certain facial structures including the jaw and cheekbones.
When Fischer saw her little girl for the first time, she thought the baby was still perfect. Abigail Lynn’s adoptive mom was also at the hospital when the baby was born, but she felt differently.
“I let her (adoptive mom) take the other wristband into the NICU,” said Fischer. “She came out crying, and left the hospital. We never heard from them again.”
The family has now been flagged in the agency’s system, and the adoption agency was “appalled”.
Fischer is now committed to raising her baby girl. She may need reconstructive surgery down the road, but her condition will not prevent her from having a typical life.