The doctors initially underestimated the resilience, cheerfulness, and intelligence of baby girl Lacey Bower when they first encountered her in the womb. Now, nearing the age of three, Lacey is making remarkable progress, both physically and intellectually, defying the expectations of her doctors and filling her parents with immeasurable pride.
Indiana residents Michael and Michelle Bower were overjoyed to discover they were expecting a child in December 2019 after struggling for two years to conceive. Learning that they were going to have a daughter heightened their excitement even further. However, their hopes were shattered when an ultrasound conducted at 20 weeks delivered devastating news.
The scan unveiled that Lacey Bower had spina bifida, a neural tube defect known to cause paralysis, brain alterations, and nerve damage. The Bowers received this distressing report just a day after finding out they were going to have a girl. Michelle expressed, “We had wished for a daughter. Within less than 24 hours, we experienced a complete emotional rollercoaster.”
Medical professionals advised Michelle to consider terminating the pregnancy, explaining that Lacey would likely face a lifetime without the ability to speak, eat, walk, or breathe independently. However, the Bowers were unwavering in their commitment to giving their baby a chance at life.
Their determination led to a complex three-hour surgery performed while Lacey was still in her mother’s womb. On April 27, with the assistance of a team consisting of 35 medical experts at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, doctors successfully closed the opening in Lacey’s spine before her birth.
Following the procedure, Michelle spent the rest of her pregnancy on bed rest. Almost three months later, on July 20, Lacey was born via cesarean section.
Dubbed a little miracle, Lacey spent 18 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where doctors determined that she experienced partial paralysis from the waist down. Nevertheless, this setback has not hindered Lacey’s remarkable achievements.
Lacey continues to astound everyone with her accomplishments. By the time she was nineteen months old, she was able to communicate on par with an average three-year-old child. She has learned to roll over, sit, and pull herself up. Now, at almost three years old, Lacey is taking steps with the assistance of a walker.
Lacey Bower consistently wears an infectious smile, seemingly possessing an inherent resilience and determination. Her parents attribute these qualities to her extraordinary progress. Living with Lacey allows them to witness the power of God manifesting itself each day.
Michael expressed, “Every day, we witness a miracle.” He firmly believes that Lacey’s development will reach a point where she won’t even require a walker, given her unwavering drive.
The Bower family is undoubtedly blessed, and the anticipation of witnessing Lacey’s future achievements is eagerly awaited.