When she was 46 years old, Valeka Riegel discovered that she was pregnant and she couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, during an ultrasound, the woman discovered that the child had a very unusual condition. This condition gave him a “giant bag” on his face.
Zakary Riegel was born with a rare defect with a a kind of giant bag covering most of his face. Also known as encephalocele, this sac happens when a baby’s skull doesn’t close completely during development in the uterus. According to statistics, 1 in 12,200 babies are born with some form of encephalocele each year.
Although Zakary was born healthy in all other respects, when Valeka saw him for the first time, she couldn’t stop crying. The great mass on his face covered his eyes, eyebrows, and nose.
22 doctors who accompanied Zakary took up the challenge of correcting his postpartum condition. Then, after four months in intensive care, the baby was old enough to undergo the 9-hour surgery. The goal was to remove growth and repair the gap in the skull. It’s hard to imagine how Valeka managed to maintain a positive outlook after all this.
Fortunately, the surgery was successful. When the mother saw the face of Zakary for the first time without the bag, she was very moved.
“I just cried because I didn’t know he had long, beautiful lips and big brown eyes.” The boy was unrecognizable, but in the best possible way. The boy is a smiling child despite everything he has been through!
Here’s a video of Zakary’s remarkable and exciting change!
This mother is the proof that we should never give up on our children, even if they have problems. Now, she has a beautiful and healthy child, something that wouldn’t be possible without her dedication and affection. Share this beautiful fight with your friends and family.
Source: Faith Tap