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A 30-year-old British woman who was told by doctors to abort her unborn baby while she was pregnant because it would die, defied their expert advice and gave birth to a healthy baby boy she is now calling a "miracle."
According to Mail Online, from the moment first-time mother Rachel Collins discovered she was pregnant she began keeping a diary.
"I decided to keep a diary from the minute I found out I was pregnant, to show our baby how much we wanted him," she said.
During the pregnancy, however, doctors diagnosed Collins with oligohydramnios which meant that the baby would have too little amniotic fluid to survive the pregnancy.
"The doctor didn't mince his words, he said: 'This baby will die, the best thing you can do is terminate it,'" recalled Collins.
Collins details her experience in her inspirational diary she calls "Alfie: born to fight, ready to battle – our miracle baby boy."
In it, she reveals how she and her partner, Tyler O'Driscoll, were shocked when her 20-week scan showed that baby Alfie only had a 10 percent chance to live.
Even if he lived, according to doctors, Alfie was likely to be born without kidneys and no lung function.
The couple, however, refused to give up hope and carried on with the pregnancy.
"I could feel my baby was alive, he was moving, how could I get rid of him? There was no way I was terminating my baby, I thought if he's not meant to be, I will miscarry – but I knew I had to try," said Collins.
But it wasn't an easy decision. Just a few weeks before she became pregnant with Alfie, Collins suffered an ectopic pregnancy.
Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham took her on as a patient and helped her through the pregnancy.
"They told me it was going to be tough, that he might have a squashed face or a club foot, but they said they would give him a chance," said Collins.
"It was hard; I was at hospital more often than I was at home, but I just had to keep going," she explained.
And the determined mother did it.
Baby Alfie was born prematurely at 30 weeks last October.
"He came out screaming – he defied them all," said Collins. "He is a little miracle. It was a nightmare pregnancy, but every day he was hanging on was a blessing, he is now 6lb 14oz and has no health problems."