30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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A mother would give anything to make her child healthy

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Above you see a picture of Alexandra, the Czarina, with her oldest child, Olga. The Grand Duchess was the first of four daughters for the doomed royal family. However, when a son was finally born the family struggled to celebrate. The sickly boy was born with hemophilia, and the prognosis wasn’t good. When conventional doctors couldn’t find a way to ease Alexei’s symptoms, the Czarina turned to a spiritual healer, Rasputin. While we all know the bloody, nasty way the story ends, we can’t deny that this Romanov mother was pretty ballsy. She knew the court didn’t approve of her connection to Rasputin. Alix heard the incendiary and false rumors that she was sleeping with the notorious fellow. Yet she bulldozed her way forward because she honestly believed he was was helping her child (Alexei was noted to improve after Rasputin’s hypnotizing sessions).

Interestingly, it was recently discovered that Alexei suffered from a very rare form of Hemophilia, known as Hemophilia B. To read more about this you can visit ScienceMag.

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