A San Joaquin Valley woman who weighs 37 pounds, stands 3 feet tall and uses a wheelchair has given birth to her first child, overcoming serious odds and doubters who advised her to abandon their dream of becoming parents.
Eloysa Vasquez, 38, suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that makes bones soft and easily broken. Her tiny, distorted body left little room for a fetus to grow and Vasquez suffered two miscarriages before doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital delivered her son, Timothy, by Cesarean section on Jan. 24.
Baby Timothy weighed only 3 pounds, seven ounces at birth because doctors had to deliver him eight weeks prematurely to protect the mother's fragile health. The child did not inherit his mother's genetic condition.
The Fresno Bee also covered the amazing birth.
t 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Eloysa was referred to Dr. James Smith, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Packard Children's Hospital. He assembled a multidisciplinary team of doctors to help her through her pregnancy and delivery.
In Smith's 15 years of high-risk obstetrics practice, Vasquez is only the second woman with Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta whom he has helped through a pregnancy.
Blessings, Baby Timothy!