Parents shouldn’t have to apologize for giving birth to their children. While this story is one of strength and community, I dislike the apologetic tone of the article (though I’m happy to see adoption mentioned as a positive option for couples). I hope the parents of this baby don’t feel like anyone blames them for not knowing their child would be born without an immune system, because no one should.
With no immune system, your body is completely susceptible to every virus or illness. For four-month-old Brayden Vaters, this is reality. […]
“This whole thing was just such a shock to us,” said Adam Vater, Brayden’s father. “I’ve never even heard of this disorder before.”
Brayden ‘s parents Adam and Megan are both carriers of the genetic disorder and were completely unaware until their first child, Brayden, was born.
“The mutation is on a gene from both of us,” Adam says. “It was a one of four chance of Brayden getting the full blown immune deficiency.” […]
Since learning this, Adam and Megan say they have decided not to have another child, but will consider adoption and other means of growing their family.
“That’s just something we don’t want to put another baby through,” said Adam. “There was no family history of it. So there was no reason to check if Brayden might have it, or even if one of us had it because there’s been no sign of this before.”