Pregnant Mom Sees Her Son Has a Facial Deformity on Ultrasound, Still Decides to Keep Him

Brittany Chalmers
Feb 08, 2022
10:20 A.M.
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When a couple excitedly entered the doctor's room for their unborn baby's scan, they received some sad news. They chose to keep him despite the challenges; years later, they're still glad they did, and their little man now sports a new smile.


Sara Heller and her partner Chris Eidam discovered that their baby had a cleft lip and palate when she was 24 weeks pregnant. The Nebraska couple decided they wouldn't let the news stop them from being excited about the birth.

They made it their mission to learn more and were thrilled to meet their bundle of joy, Brody, in 2016. Sadly some people shared cruel comments and opinions. 

Baby Brody's ultrasound scan [left] Baby Brody who was born with a cleft lip and palate [right] | Photo:



When Brody was three months old, someone asked Heller what was wrong with his face—she was shocked. She knew people might be curious, but she wasn't prepared for the insensitivity and cruelty. 

Heller expressed

“I wasn’t prepared to defend my 3-month-old and why he looks ‘different’ from other babies. I decided to educate rather than create a confrontation because that is what I want Brody to do in the future.”



Later that day, the mother's negative experience was forgotten thanks to the kindness of a stranger. While having dinner with Brody, someone slipped her a cheque for $1000. The memo line caused tears to fall from Heller's eyes.

The anonymous donor wrote: "For the beautiful baby." The action inspired and encouraged Heller. The money also assisted the family, who had incurred various medical expenses for their baby. Heller said

“The generosity of a complete stranger restored our faith in humanity.”



The mother's mission is to spread awareness about cleft lips and palates. She urged people to see that it is okay to love and be proud of a child no matter the circumstances. Hers and Brody's story has undoubtedly inspired many.

Heller hopes that parents like her will be proud to share ultrasounds and baby pictures in the future. Doctors repaired Brody's cleft lip and gave him a new smile. 



Sadly, not all parents decide to keep their babies when they look different than expected. Jono Lancaster's parents abandoned him shortly after being born because he had a genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome.

The medical staff at the hospital reached out to Social Services in 1985, and they paired him with a woman named Jean. She was excited to take him home and adopted him in 1990.

Jean raised him into a young man that reached for his dreams and helped others. Thanks to the kindness and care shown to children like Brody and Jono, they can rise above their circumstances, raise awareness, and love themselves. 


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