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East Texas baby has rare chromosomal disorder, and lives

By Annette Falconer –bio|email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - It's been a tough seven-month journey for one East Texas family and their baby girl; A journey doctors say was not expected to happen at all. 

Twenty-two weeks into her pregnancy, Whitney Walden got the news no mother wants to hear.

"I got a call at work, and said my daughter had something called Truism 8, it was incompatible with life, and they've done all they can do," said Walden.

Walden got the news that her baby, Aralyn Faith, has a rare chromosomal disorder. So rare, doctors have no answers.

Walden says, "Her life span has been given, around a few months, to a hundred years. They (doctors) don't know."

Aralyn's 8th chromosome didn't form correctly, so she is missing three parts of her brain. 

"She rearranged her DNA, and there's not any research on what causes it, there's no cure, there's not even any medical history on what it will cause, " Walden says.

Doctors said Aralyn may be blind, may not be able to walk, talk and will never eat normally. But the Walden's prayed and knew, they were not to follow doctors advice to abort the pregnancy.

"I just decided that I have faith, and I know God's with me, and I know, no matter how long I have her, I'm going to love her, and know she had a purpose," says Walden.

Seven months later, eight feedings a day, and at least three trips to Dallas a week, they know, Aralyn has a purpose.

Walden says, "She has proven every doctor wrong, and not that they don't know what they're doing, but because she's a miracle and she can do that."

To donate to the Walden Family, contact Laura Lea at the First Christian Church in Kilgore at 903-984-3963.

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