She tells their story of the joys Laurisa has brought to them.
Please read on......................
My husband Roman and I waited for nine months to have a baby and finally she was here. On April 12, 1997
Laurisa Ann Lewinsky was born to us. She weighted 9LBS 13OZS. She was a beautiful little girl and we were so
excited when the doctor placed her in our arms. I had a C-section due to footling breech and such a large
baby. Everything went fine my whole 9 months other than a bladder infection which I had taken an antibiotic
for. This was in my first trimester.
Watching the nurse weigh and measure her was like no other feeling I had experienced. I was so tired and
groggy after the delivery. They whisked Laurisa away to the nursery and Roman had just left for a quick
minute when all of a sudden I heard them page him to return to the recovery room. I was wondering what was
going on. All of a sudden there were doctors and nurses and they were telling us that Laurisa was blind and
they thought she had no eyes. In the nursery the nurses noticed that she was not opening her eyes. We were
devastated. I still get a feeling in my stomach when I remember that day. We were in the hopsital for 5 days
and they did test after test. No genetic disorder/syndrome had accompanied this. We were so thankful for
that. Every day brought new hope that Laurisa would be just fine.
On the day of my discharge we met with the Ophthalmologist. He confirmed that Laurisa had microphthalmia in
one eye and anophthalmia in the other. He also explained that we were not alone that there were 3 other
babies that had this as well.
It was very hard adjusting to the news and we still have some days where we wonder why? These days are
becoming less. Laurisa is doing fine and meeting her milestones. They may not be as quick as a sighted child
but they are just as exciting.
We thank God that he brought Laurisa into this world for us. We love her to pieces and would not change a
thing. She is 15 months now and she is pulling herself up all the time and probably she will be walking in no
time at all!
I still wonder to this day if I was exposed to anything that could have caused this. There are now 9 babies
in my geographical area that have been born with this same condition. The children are all under the age of 3
and we keep in close contact. I have and continue to do research into this. I am hoping that there will be a
link between our families. If this can be avoidable it would be a great thing to know and share with other
parents. I now live each day to the fullest and make each day count. Life is so much better now with Laurisa
to share it with.
Thank you for letting me share my story.*Smile*
You can contact Kristi or Roman through their e-mail address.
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