“A teenager walked into a hospital scared, confused, and unsure that she was making the right choice. Her mother, a nurse, had pushed her to have an abortion rather than deliver the baby growing inside of her.
Hello wonderful people, I’m Scott Leffler for Wonder Bond, and here is in 1977 a teen had an abortion eight months into her pregnancy, but the baby survived. Before we begin, make sure to smash that like button, subscribe to our channel, and click the notification bell for more amazing videos.
Doctors performed an initial procedure, then waited five days for the teen to deliver her stillborn baby. Her mother, the nurse, oversaw the delivery and demanded that the baby’s body was properly disposed of. The other nurses subsequently followed her directions.
But suddenly, everything about the procedure changed. As the medical team finished cleaning up the delivery room and the body left behind by the procedure, two nurses heard an unmistakable, feeble noise – crying. And the source of the sound came as a shock to everyone.
It was August when a nineteen-year-old college student made her way to a hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. The unwed teen sought to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, despite the fact that she was almost eight months along. Her mother, a nurse, forced her into making the decision. In today’s US, however, this type of procedure would be extremely hard to come by.
Susan Wasaki, a nurse practitioner and board member of the American Sexual Health Association, explained why to Women’s Health in August 2017: “In most cases, a woman can only have a late-term abortion if her health is in danger or if she finds out that there is a serious abnormality with the fetus,” Misaki said. But there’s no evidence that the teen who sought to have her pregnancy terminated in 1977 was anything but healthy.
Doctors nonetheless injected saline, a toxic salt solution, into the fluid surrounding her baby in order to end its life. They then left the teen’s unborn baby soaked in the toxic fluid for five days. At that point, the girl returned to the hospital where doctors induced the baby’s arrival.
Unlike the scenes of unbridled joy they typically experienced in the delivery room, though, they prepared to deliver a dead child. At first, they believed that their efforts to terminate the pregnancy had been successful. The teenager’s mother, the nurse who pressured her daughter into undergoing the procedure, delivered the lifeless baby – her grandchild.
She quickly realized, however, that the newborn was clinging to life. But of course, that was not the intended outcome, especially not for the woman who’d forced her daughter into making the decision to terminate her pregnancy. So she demanded that the baby be left to die.
Even after discovering that it was alive, her orders would not be followed through. Somehow, two other nurses happened to hear the baby making noises, struggling to breathe, feebly attempting to cry. And in contrast, these nurses refused to stand idly by and watch a child die.
The two nurses, along with the rest of the medical team, decided that they had to save the child. They consequently rushed the baby – a girl – to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. She would not have an easy road to recovery, though. She weighed less than three pounds and suffered from seizures, jaundice, and respiratory problems.
Even if she did make it through, however, doctors suspected that the child would never lead a normal, healthy life. They instead foresaw her suffering from multiple lifelong disabilities. In the meantime, though, her birth parents still drew up an adoption plan just in case their daughter survived.
And while the baby fought for her life in the intensive care unit, a pair of potential adoptive parents came to see her. Doctors forewarned them of all the challenges she would face if she survived. Yet, despite this, they peered into the incubator where she slept and instantly fell in love with her.
With the support of her new family surrounding her, the baby’s prognosis began to slowly improve. She eventually went home without any of the disabilities that doctors had been concerned about. Instead, the baby, named Melissa Odin, would go on to live the life of a typical child. In fact, it wasn’t until she was 14 years old that she found out about everything that had happened to her as a baby.
As a teenage Odin subsequently struggled to cope with the thoughts that she had been aborted. “To be 14 years old, it absolutely devastated my life. I didn’t want anybody else to know how much I was hurting,” she later told EWTN. But rather than letting her life slip away, Odin made a conscious decision to regain control. Her newfound positive approach was reinforced by the fact that she had been given a second chance.
“I had to be willing to wake up every day and say, you know what, I’m not going to do that today,” she claimed. And she did just that. Odin subsequently penned a memoir about her survival and her struggle to comprehend the odds that she overcame. She was also able to conduct more research into her own past and find out who her birth mother was.
Eventually, she even reached out to the woman who once tried to have her aborted. The results were helpful for both herself and her birth mother, who thought that her baby had died 30 years before. The two came into contact when Odin was ready, and they arranged to meet face-to-face in 2016.
Finding that the encounter elicited more acceptance than anger on her part, Odin said, “It was everything I could have ever expected and more. To know that she spent over 30 years of her life believing that I had died at the hospital, how she suffered from immense regret and guilt, and then, and the opportunity to know that her child is alive and loves her and has forgiven her, and then get to meet face to face. Yeah, my excitement was for her, probably more than me. But it was life-changing. I’ll never forget the moment that I saw her.”
Now a wife and mother herself, Odin has built a supportive community of those who have gone through similar experiences by founding the Abortion Survivors Network. She wrote in a piece for Fox News, “I may have had that abortion attempt performed on me in secret. I may have been placed for adoption in secret. But I was not meant to remain a secret.”