Yvette Ozkavak was overjoyed to finally fall pregnant at age 45 without the use of fertility treatments.
But as the Australian mom told Yahoo 7, the bottom fell out of her pregnancy dreams when her unborn baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 18:
“Here you are at 45, finally pregnant naturally, and everything collapses.”
Also known as Edwards syndrome, Trisomy 18 is a condition in which the development of a baby is significantly disrupted by an extra chromosome and can be life-threatening, according to the Trisomy 18 Foundation. Only 50 percent of babies with Trisomy 18 carried to term will be born alive.
Two separate tests confirmed the diagnosis. Ozkavak was told her baby’s condition was “incompatible with life” and was advised to terminate the pregnancy, MamaMia reports.
Ozkavak and her husband, Mali, refused. The couple insisted on continuing the pregnancy.
“Even if she’s sick, if she only has one hour, we wanted her to have love for that one hour,” Yvette told Yahoo 7. She explained when the day finally arrived to give birth, she was “petrified”:
“It’s either she’s sick or she’s healthy. We will know in a few minutes.”
After the baby was born, a specialist confirmed the news the couple was hoping for. The baby was “completely healthy.” Both tests showing the baby had Trisomy 18 had been wrong.
According to Stanford Children’s Health, during pregnancy Trisomy 18 can be detected through an analysis of cells from the mother’s amniotic fluid or from the placenta. Ultrasound may also indicate the presence of the condition, but it is not “100 percent accurate,” as babies with Trisomy 18 may appear to be developing the same as babies without the condition.
Chromosome analysis, including performing a blood test on the baby after delivery, is considered a “very accurate” method of identifying Trisomy 18.
As Yahoo 7 reports, Yvette Ozkavak and her husband remained hopeful the baby was developing normally despite the diagnosis from their ultrasound appointments.
Yvette’s husband credits the role of their ultrasound technician during the pregnancy:
“You need to make sure you see a good ultrasound doctor.”
Ten months since giving birth, Ozkavak revealed she was “very angry” over the incorrect diagnosis and warns parents to search for answers when it comes to pregnancy and the health of their baby.
Admitting she had never heard of Trisomy 18 before her baby’s diagnosis, Ozkavak said:
“Question it, research it, believe in yourself.”
Watch the report from Yahoo 7 below: