Voices For Life

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Doctors said Naomi Wouldn’t Walk, but She Took Her First Steps on the Day of the March for Life

‘Not viable with life’, they told us. 'If by some miracle she lives, she most likely won’t walk', they told us. 



By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News

At 23 weeks gestation, Angela Bakker and her husband Michael were told that their preborn baby girl was likely going to die in the womb due to intrauterine growth restriction. The placenta had not grown into the uterus properly and the baby wasn’t getting enough nutrition to grow. After seeking a second opinion, the Bakkers were told they should consider abortion. They refused.

And this year, on the day of the March for Life, while hundreds of thousands were walking for life, little Naomi Joy Bakker was walking for the first time.

“‘Not viable with life’, they told us. ‘If by some miracle she lives, she most likely won’t walk’, they told us. ‘Challenge accepted’, thought Naomi. We are so thankful for answered prayers and our living, walking, talking, laughing little medical anomaly (aka miracle). Proud parent moment,” her parents wrote on Facebook.


Bakker was 23 weeks and six days pregnant when doctors told her she had just four hours left until the abortion cut off. But she was assured that exceptions were made for cases like theirs.

“They said, ‘The law doesn’t even apply to you. That’s how bad your case is.’ [Naomi] started kicking, and I thought, that’s her little voice. That’s all she can say,” explained Bakker.

Her parents chose life for her, but by 25 weeks, Naomi Joy was delivered via emergency C-section on July 1, 2015, after her mother developed preeclampsia. She weighed just 364 grams. According to the doctors, babies need to weigh at least 450 grams to survive. It was a miracle that she was breathing on her own.


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