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Felt with the Heart A Mother’s Memoir By Hillary Welch Kleck

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart, ”

I live each day remembering these words of Helen Keller. For there is beauty in images and tangible things,but the feelings you keep in your heart are yours forever.

I would have to go to another hospital for a comprehensive ultrasound and amniocenteses to find out more. I remember the phone call I made to my mom on the way home, trying to figure out what had just happened. I had gone in to find out if I was going to register for girl’s or boy’s things for my baby shower, and instead left with the likelihood that the baby growing inside me had problems that were out of my control. The tears started gushing, and they didn’t stop for days.

I’ve never let go of the concern I saw in the technician’s eyes when she told me she needed to go get the doctor during my first ultrasound visit. The only facts he could give me were that her eyes and face just didn’t seem normal.

The next ultrasound confirmed there was something wrong with the development of her eyes and nose, as well as her right hand. The amniocenteses results were “normal” and ruled out Down Syndrome and other syndromes

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– Helen Keller.

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