Adoptive mother runs from hospital in tears, then the birth mother…
36-year-old Florida native Christina Fischer was prepared to give her child up for adoption, but the adoptive family changed their minds moments she gave birth to Abigail Lynn Fischer. The little girl was born with a rare birth defect known as Treacher Collins syndrome. TCS, also known as mandibulofacial dysostosis, is associated with a variety of facial deformities including absent cheekbones, downward slanting eyes, small mandible, and malformed or absent ears.
Upon seeing Abigail, the adoptive mother was brought to tears and last seen fleeing the hospital. According to WHIO News, she and her family were never heard from again. Her birth mother had a change of heart and Abigail will stay with her biological family. Fischer told Northwest Florida Daily News “I took it as a sign that she was supposed to be mine. And now, she is my heart … without her I would cease to exist.”
According to the Daily News, the adoption agency was “appalled” by the actions of the adoptive mother. She and her family have been “flagged” by the agency and may have a difficult time with future adoption applications. Abigail’s father has Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects one in 50,000 births. People afflicted by TCS are often subject to ridicule due to their abnormal facial structure. Fischer isn’t worried though “There’s doctors with Treacher Collins, even a male model,” she said. “She may need reconstructive surgery, but she’ll be able to lead a perfectly normal life.”