Twelve days. Jaqueline’s newborn, Melany, had only been alive for 12 days before she started to become sick. Now, Jacqueline held her precious baby girl in her arms as they rode to the hospital just outside of San Salvador, El Salvador.
How could this be happening?
They arrived at the hospital. Jaqueline wrapped Melany in a blanket, kissed her and handed her over to the doctor.
Is this a nightmare?
Melany’s initial diagnosis was pneumonia — a daunting hurdle for a newborn to overcome. Jaqueline felt powerless as she watched her baby fight for survival for 12 long, exhausting days. But, as Melany began to improve, Jaqueline gave herself permission to feel relief.
However, after Melany began to recover, the doctor still had concerns. He requested further testing and a follow-up meeting with Jaqueline.
Jaqueline’s mind raced as she sat on a chair in the empty office, waiting to hear what the doctor had to say.
What more could possibly be wrong?
The doctor walked into the office. He smiled warmly at Jaqueline as he passed Melany back into her arms. He was impressed by Melany’s miraculous recovery from pneumonia — plus, he couldn’t help but comment on how adorable she was.
Then he paused.
“Jaqueline, your daughter has Down syndrome.”