A surrogate offered thousands of dollars to abort a foetus with severe abnormalities sparked a legal and moral debate across the United States.
CNN reports that Crystal Kelley was paid $21,500 to carry a married couple's fourth child, but when a five-month ultrasound revealed the baby girl had a cleft lip and palate, a brain cyst and a serious heart condition, the parents insisted she have an abortion.
Doctors told the couple and the surrogate that the baby would have a 25 per cent chance of leading a "normal life".
The genetic parents, who have two children born premature and with ongoing medial problems, said terminating the pregnancy would be "more humane", according to CNN.
"They were both visibly upset. The mother was crying", Ms Kelley told CNN. "They said they didn't want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer They said I should try to be God-like and have mercy on the child and let her go."
But despite a contract that stipulated "abortion in case of severe foetus abnormality", Ms Kelley disagreed.
The married parents offered her $9800 to have an abortion, but Ms Kelley refused, although initially tried to negotiate a higher sum, CNN reports.
The parents then threatened to take custody of the baby at birth and surrender her to the State of Connecticut for foster care. Connecticut law allows parents to surrender their infants within one month of birth without charges of abandonment, according to CNN.
But Ms Kelley fled to Michigan with her two daughters where she was legally recognised as the baby's mother. A family with special needs children agreed to adopt the baby when she was born.
But it didn't end there.
The baby's genetic parents filed for legal rights in Connecticut, claiming the embryo had been from an anonymous donor, not the wife.
Just weeks after "Baby S" was born, the parents and Ms Kelley struck a deal allowing the father gave up his parental rights in exchange for visitation rights.
Baby S was born on June 25 and suffers from more extensive medical problems than the first diagnosed. Her internal organs are in the wrong place, she has a cleft lip and palate, complex heart problems, and two non-functioning spleens. In addition, her head is very small and one ear is severely misshapen.
According to CNN, the little girl has already had open-heart surgery and an operation on her intestines. Even with more complex operations, there is only a 50 per cent chance she will walk, talk or use her hands.
He adoptive parents told CNN Baby S was leading a "happy life" despite her medical problems.
"She wakes up every single morning with an infectious smile," they said. "She greets her world with a constant sense of enthusiasm. Ultimately, we hold onto a faith that in providing S with love, opportunity, encouragement, she will be the one to show us what is possible for her life and what she is capable of achieving."
Ms Kelley told CNN she believes she did the right thing."I knew from the beginning that this little girl had an amazing fighting spirit, and whatever challenges were thrown at her, she would go at them with every ounce of spirit that she could possibly have. No matter what anyone told me, I became her mother."
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