Every year about 5,000-12,000 babies are born with fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States. These babies with the condition FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome disorder) were affected by alcohol while in utero.
Because their mothers abused alcohol while they were pregnant, people with FASD can develop abnormalities like stunted growth, facial deformity, delayed development, learning disabilities, and hyperactivity.
While many babies born with FASD seem to have been dealt a terrible hand, many keep showing up and doing the best they can.
But here are 3 inspiring stories from people whose mothers drank during pregnancy.
20-year-old Avery McHugh of Delaware didn’t get diagnosed with FASD until he was 7-years-old. He was adopted and struggled to read and write. But because of his loving parents, Mike McHugh and his partner Peter Tupitza, Avery is on the path to independence.
Annie Stanley of Texas is an 11-year-old girl just trying to live her life. She’s a cheerleader. But because she has FASD, she has challenges doing basic tasks and needs to put a lot of work into cheering.
“She is really good, she has a lot of spirit and she never messes up,” said Courtney Conner, Annie’s teammate. “She’s like a really good friend.”
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Finally, Rebecca Tillou from Albany, NY has a lot in common with Avery and Annie. But with one big difference. She didn’t know she had FASD until she was an adult.
“I had probably 95 percent of every symptom and characteristic listed in the pamphlet minus the facial abnormalities because as I got older, they faded,” Rebecca said in an interview with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Rebecca decided to get tested and at 34, was diagnosed with FASD. This inspired her to spread awareness to others about it.
“I just hope that older people like me who know that their mom drank and they wonder why they’re struggling … I just hope that they know that they should look into it because there are ways out there to make them successful and I just hope in the future there are more doctors and more neurologists who get more education on this disorder because it’s so widespread and I just feel like we’re just touching the tip of the iceberg with all of it — all of the disorders and all that comes with it.”
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