Baby Angela transferred to pediatric intensive care unit
While Angela Morales' parents hoped to take her home from the hospital Saturday after the 18-month-old was admitted about a week ago for having seizures, she was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit Tuesday night.
Sonia Morales, Angela's mother, told NBC 10 News the doctors made the move in order to monitor Angela more closely. Sonia also said the baby has not suffered a seizure since Wednesday morning.
"She is stable now," Sonia told NBC 10. "It's not that she's critical or very ill, they just want to have her there because they have everything that can help her if something happens. They just want to monitor her more closely. Doctors told us that she is not in any pain. She's very comfortable. She's in so much peace."
Sonia went on to say that doctors are still working to figure out the cause of the seizures.
"They are brainstorming to find what's going on," Sonia told NBC 10. "This afternoon, they did an ultrasound for her kidneys, but it came back negative. She doesn't have kidney stones. So far, we are waiting for answers, but the doctors have been amazing with her. They have been treating her with so much dignity and respect."
Angela also underwent X-Rays, which Sonia said showed something in her lungs. Though physicians thought it might have been pneumonia at first, they ruled it out.
When Sonia was 16 weeks pregnant with Angela, doctors informed Sonia that her baby had anencephaly, which is the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during embryonic development. Though Sonia said counselors told her that that most people in her situation choose to have an abortion, Sonia gave birth to Angela March 23, 2014.
Since then, Sonia, along with her husband Rony and their older daughter, Elizabeth, 6, said that Angela has been thriving. Not only has she defied the odds, as most babies with anencephaly don't live more than a few hours or a couple days, she has captured the attention of the nation, as well as many parts of the world.
Through a Facebook page Sonia created shortly after receiving the diagnosis, the mother of two said she is raising awareness about anencephaly, as well as promoting a pro-life message. Nearly 17,000 people are following the page, which Sonia told NBC 10 is giving her strength through this tough time.
"It is so overwhelming to see the love and support from the people and the community, from our church and the diocese," said Sonia, who is a parishioner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Providence. "It is amazing to see people around the world offering Mass and praying for Angela. I'm not able to read messages right now, but if I have some time I look at what the people are saying."
She said several people recently told her Angela has renewed their faith in God. One mother said she decided to carry her baby after she received a poor prenatal diagnosis because of Angela, telling Sonia that she is giving her courage.
"Every life is precious," Sonia said. "We glorify God because He can give us the healing and peace in this moment of suffering. He is our strength. This is what faith is: trust in the Lord even in these moments that we don't understand what's going on. He is giving us the opportunity to be with Angela. We are by her side and we are going to love her through it."
Sonia asked that people continue to pray for Angela.
"She has so much strength," Sonia said. "She keeps on going. She is a fighter."