The world’s first surrogate born with cystic fibrosis is getting closer to becoming a reality.
The baby, named Holly, was born at the foothill Family Clinic in New York on Wednesday morning.
“It’s such a miracle,” said Holly’s mother, Jennifer Carrell.
“We were just so proud to be able to get this baby, and it’s such an amazing thing.”
I can’t believe we are finally getting her to the point where she can actually be part of our family.
“Her mother says she has a difficult time speaking or seeing people but Holly’s father said she was the most expressive child he had ever seen.”
She can make it really hard for people, and that’s what’s really amazing about her,” said Jennifer Carell.”
The people she meets will never be able help her with anything else, because she just is so full of life.
“Holly’s mother is hoping that the baby will help people like her parents.”
Her mom and dad have been there, they know what it’s like to have a child with cysto-fibrosis,” said Carrell’s father, James Carrell, who has two daughters.”
There are no other people like them.
They have the whole family.
“James Carrell says Holly is now ready for her first-ever transplant.”
Holly has a unique combination of a congenital heart condition, which causes a lot of damage to the heart, and a condition that can lead to some problems later on in life, which is what we’re hoping to fix,” he said.”
So we are really looking forward to seeing her, and hopefully we can start the process with her at some point in the future.””
I’m so excited,” said another surrogate mother, Karen Carrell who was born with Cystic Fibrosis.”
He’s so adorable.
He’s so happy, and I’m so glad he’s healthy.
“His eyes are so bright.
He can be really goofy, and he loves to play with the toys.”
When I was younger I had cystic and he had his eyes too, and when he had a heart defect, I had to take him to a specialist for the transplant.
“But I think I got him to the right person.”
Dr David Carrell is one of the world’s leading experts in cystic Fibres.
“You have a congenitally inherited disease and that causes a great deal of damage,” he explained.
“If you can’t get that transplant, there is a very high chance that you will have a more serious and more difficult disease that will eventually lead to a life-threatening illness, so that’s the only way you can help.”
“You’ve got a lot to lose if you don’t get this transplant,” he added.
Dr Carrell and Dr David Carrel with Holly.
“They are extremely happy, so happy.
He is happy too, he is doing great.”
Dr Carrel said Holly was in good spirits, but that his parents were worried about the future.
“Because of his condition, they have been struggling with how to care for him, and so they’re doing everything they can to make sure he gets the best possible care,” he told the ABC.
“And that’s why he is so excited.”
Topics:cystic-fIB,stem-cell-and-tissue,transplant,united-statesFirst posted May 18, 2019 13:21:58More stories from New Zealand