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WebMD Real Stories: Sydnie?s Heart, Part 1
Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
Shannon Smith originally told us back in February who she was wearing red for on the American Heart Association's Wear Red Day . That special person is her daughter, Sydnie. Shannon kindly agreed to share her family's story with us, so please enjoy Part 1 of Sydnie's Heart .

"We had gone for a routine Level II Ultrasound, where they found a spot on the ultrasound around [our baby's> heart. The doctor came in and took a look, then told us it was most likely Down Syndrome or one of about a hundred birth defects. He turned to me and told me in a matter of fact tone, "You need to decide what you are going to do. I will give you a few minutes to decide." I looked at my husband and started crying. There was no way I was going to terminate my pregnancy, birth defect or not. "

Look for more of Sydnie's story right here and find out what happens next...

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Baby Sydnie, Photo Courtesy Shannon Smith
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. -Marie Curie


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