Imagine coming out of your 18-week ultrasound appointment with the doctor having told you that your unborn child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.Â Then try toÂ imagine going back three months later and being told that your unborn child also has a rare and fatal tumor on theÂ her brain
This is the situationÂ Stephen and Erika Jones were facingÂ as they awaitedÂ the birth of their daughter, Abigail.
With broken hearts and mourning "the loss of a 'normal' baby," Stephen and Erika kept praying and keeping their faith for Abigail's health.
"It feels like we are living someone else's life, some other family that you read about on the news," Erika said at the time ofÂ the diagnosis.
Even with a C-section scheduled for August 12, 2016, little AbigailÂ wanted to come out sooner than expected, and she was born on August 6. An MRI confirmed the brain tumor as inoperable and invasive, giving Abigail only weeks to live.
"We don't want to lose our daughter," Erika said. "We want to see her laugh, dance, fight with her sister, ride a bike, go to school . . . we want to see her life. But most likely, her whole life will be weeks or months, not years. Our hearts are broken and ache for the time that we don't have."
For the next few days, Stephen and Erika, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Audrey, gave Abigail all the love they could muster in those moments. The entire family hugged her, held her tight, and mareÂ sure the diagnosis was accurate with a second opinion at Boston Children's Hospital.
And thank goodness for that second opinion: Doctors determined that the tumor was more than likely benign.
"We repeated an MRI, which again made me suspicious that the tumor was not, in fact, malignant," Dr. Alan R. Cohen told ABC News.
The doctors then performed surgery and were able to completely remove theÂ tumor from Abigail's brain. It's not expected to return, thereby freeing Abigail from her death sentence.
Now, a month after the operation, Abigail is thriving. She's smothered in love, as Stephen and Erika can't stop kissing her andÂ feeling thankful for her shot at life.
"Her prognosis is excellent," Cohen said. "This is a story with a very sad beginning and a very happy ending."