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British mom in catastrophic wreck disregards abortion advice and gives birth to healthy boy

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 2nd, 2012
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Natalie Lander was in a horrific car wreck that broke her back in four places and her neck in two. She also sustained a smashed pelvis, damage to her vocal cords and brain injuries. When she awoke from a coma, she was told she was four weeks pregnant. The plucky British mom disregarded advice from doctors to have an abortion - and now both she and her bouncing baby boy and doing very well, thank you.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Already the mother of one, she was led to believe she was unable to have any more children. She and her husband Marcus were not willing to give up easily, and she has since given birth to a healthy boy named Max.

Lander's car spun out of control on a wet manhole cover as she drove to work in July of 2011.

She was cut out of the car and airlifted to hospital, where doctors told her 37-year-old husband that they didn't know if she would survive.

But she came out of a coma, and doctors carried out a routine scan to check she was not pregnant before starting further treatment, and the scans proved otherwise.

It was all the more surprising because Lander has Polycistic Ovary Syndrome, which makes it difficult to conceive. She already had a four-year-old son, Alfie, but thought she couldn't become pregnant again.

The Walsall mother said: "When I found out I was pregnant, I was torn between being overjoyed and terrified.

"I was so worried that Alfie wouldn't have a mum who could look after him properly, let alone another baby.

"The doctors recommended that we could consider terminating the pregnancy, but we wanted to fight for our baby.'

Lander did admit that "I was terrified that the accident would somehow have affected my baby.

"I was paralyzed down my left hand side, and could barely speak in more than a whisper because of the damage to my vocal cords - nobody could tell me how far I would recover.'

Lander underwent four months of intensive physiotherapy, which helped her learn how to walk and talk again.

"I was trying to concentrate on getting myself better, but I was so worried about the little baby growing inside me," she said.

"Medics kept telling me he would be fine, but I wouldn't believe it until I held him in my arms."

Max was born in March. After undertaking a long and arduous road to recovery, both mother and baby are doing well. She's even gone back to her job in sales a few days a week.

Doctors have told Lander that it will be another year before she is fully recovered. "I can't ever thank them enough for saving my family," she says.

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