Reprinted from Current Magazine, Summer 1996
Our daughter Rachel-Iris was born December 26, 1993. We had prepared everything for her birth, or so we thought. After twenty hours of labour, our little girl was born, then our doctor told us that something was seriously wrong, as she pointed to her back. Rachel-Iris was immediately taken away and put in an incubator for close observation. We were later told that she was born with spina bifida, and that she would need surgery right away to close her back. We were also advised that there was a strong possibility that she may not walk. The next day Rachel-Iris was flown to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Before she left, we held her hand through the incubator, and told her we loved her and wanted her, and we watched sadly, as they took our little girl away.