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And so to the present day. As I write this I am one day short of 25 weeks, still a long long way to go but already Liam and I have come so far. The doctors wrote him off ages ago, firstly telling me to terminate and then telling me weekly that he probably wouldn't be around much longer, then as he progressed he just became a list of abnormalities. That is until Ms Otigbah took over my care, and now we talk about LIAM, and I feel he is as important to her as he is to me, well almost.

My circle of friends on facebook now includes at least 30 mums and dads of children with T18, they are invaluable to me as a means of support and friendship, they get me through each and every day when they are struggling themselves to keep it all together, they are my inspiration. Liam finally kicked his daddy for the first time this week, just as he was singing to him through my tummy, a direct response to his voice, it was so lovely. When we first found out about Liam I kept telling myself, everything happens for a reason, even though I wondered at the time what that reason must be. Already he has taught us how precious life is, and to live each day as if it were our last, most people don't realise this in a lifetime.

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Liam was diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome (T18) at 15 weeks, we were offered a termination but decided against this and to let Liam choose his path in life. Liam was born 9 weeks early, weighing just over 2lb and fought for all he was worth for 23 precious days before growing his angel wings. This is his story...

This was originally published as a blog during my pregnancy and Liam's short life. I have kept it in its original form as it tells the story so much better than I could now.

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