This Disney-Themed Pregnancy Photo Has a Hidden Emotional Meaning

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When you’re pregnant, it’s devastating to hear that something is wrong with your baby. The fear, guilt, and sadness can be overwhelming. Considering that, no one would blame an expectant parent with a hard diagnosis to hunker down and keep to themselves, but one mom-to-be is doing the opposite. After her baby was diagnosed with Amniotic Band Syndrome, she’s speaking out to raise awareness.

Tayler Borre and Ryan Shehan were excited about their unborn daughter’s anatomy scan. In a Facebook post, Tayler wrote, “It was so great to see her, we saw her little face, her feet, all of her organs were perfect!” After the ultrasound, the couple had their regular checkup with Borre’s obstetrician, they received some scary news: their daughter’s “upper half wasn’t measuring correctly.”

After waiting two weeks, Tayler and Ryan saw a fetal specialist. The specialist diagnosed their daughter with Amniotic Band Syndrome. ABS occurs when the unborn baby becomes entangled in string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting the baby’s development. Babies with ABS are often born without some fingers, toes, or even entire limbs.

Borre and Shehan were told their daughter has no left hand due to Amniotic Band Syndrome.

This image from UCSF illustrates what happens in the womb.

amniotic band syndrome

The couple announced the news with an emotional post on Borre’s Facebook page.

~To most people they will see this and think oh a cute pregnancy picture with their favorite disney character nemo! But…

Posted by Tay Lynne on Sunday, August 27, 2017

At first, Borre said they took the news hard. “On that day we found out our sweet girl has no left hand, it was so hard to hear that just thinking about how mean people can be towards people who are “different.” But Borre also took solace in what the rest of the scan revealed. “I was also at peace with the news because everything else she measured perfect and she’s nice and strong!”

The couple included a picture of them posed with a Nemo doll, noting the similarities between the character and their daughter. “She is our nemo.  She has a fan that’s a little smaller than the other, but she will conquer anything her little heart desires to do!”

At the end of her Facebook post, Borre encouraged others to share her message. “I want people to be aware of ABS and other parents of ABS to know they’re not alone!” she wrote. She also asked her friends and family to donate to the Lucky Fin Project, a non-profit organization that supports children with limb differences.

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(Image: Facebook / Tayler Borre)