Monday, January 19, 2009

Life And The Failure Of Science

Eliot Mooney was not supposed to live. Fifty percent of babies with Trisomy 18 are stillborn, and most do not survive more than 10 days after birth. Eliot had Trisomy 18, but he did live until birth. He lived a total of 99 days, and his parents celebrated each and every day of his life. And they grieve his passing. I showed a video of their story in our worship services yesterday. You can see it at this link: After worship services, three different women came to me telling me their Trisomy 18 stories. One was a grandmother, whose daughter was told by doctors her child would have Trisomy 18. Another was a woman who was encouraged to abort her baby by doctors who told her it would have Trisomy 18. A third was a sister, whose sister had been pressured to abort her child because of a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 18. 1 in 3,000 births has this genetic defect. But, in each of these three cases, the doctors were wrong and the children were born healthy. A grandson, a daughter, and a niece are alive today, because those women believed in life and the failure of science. Eliot lived 99 days because, in spite of the failure of science to be able to heal their son, his parents believed in the faithfulness of God in the middle of our trials.