If you’ve seen the Disney/Pixar hit “Finding Nemo,” you’ll recall that titular Nemo was damaged while still in his egg, therefore developing a smaller right fin. His dad worries that Nemo’s swimming ability is limited, but throughout the movie, he proves time and time again that his “lucky fin” doesn’t hold him back from doing anything.
The film was universally praised, but — for one couple — its message has become especially meaningful.
Tayler Borre and Ryan Shehan are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their daughter, due New Year’s Eve. But recently, the couple got a diagnosis that left them reeling. Their baby has a congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome. Because of this, she’ll be born without a left hand.
While Tayler was initially shocked, her powerful post announcing the diagnosis — accompanied by a maternity photo featuring her new hero, Nemo — is now going viral.
To most people, they will see this and think ‘oh a cute pregnancy picture with their favorite Disney character Nemo!’ But to my family this means so much more than just a picture and here is why.
On July 2nd, I went for my anatomy scan, it was so great to see her, we saw her little face, her feet, all of her organs were perfect! After the scan, I had a regular check up with my Dr and he says he’s sending me to a fetal specialist… My heart dropped I was so scared… I asked what was wrong he didn’t go into detail well, all he said was her upper half wasn’t measuring correctly. So they sent me to all children’s hospital to have a better scan.
My all childrens scan was 2 weeks after my regular OB appointment, I was so worried for those weeks. If I didn’t feel her all day I would have anxiety attacks, I had many breakdowns over not knowing what was wrong.
At my all childrens appointment they diagnosed our baby girl with amniotic band syndrome, it’s where the baby gets tangled in fibrous string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting the baby’s development or amputating the body part they wrap onto.
On that day we found out our sweet girl has no left hand, it was so hard to hear that just thinking about how mean people can be towards people who are “different” and of course not wanting anything to be wrong with your child. But I was also at peace with the news because everything else she measured perfect and she’s nice and strong! She is our nemo. She has a fin that’s a little smaller than the other, but she will conquer anything her little heart desires to do!
Tayler never expected for her story to go viral. Now, she’s using her platform to raise money for the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that brings awareness to those born with “limb difference.” Her post has already raised almost $500 in just a few days.
“This is not a disability or a bad thing,” writes Tayler. “She will be a little rockstar no matter what! She will do it all! We love you so baby girl!!”
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