I suppose a wrong diagnosis is absolutely impossible in this case . . .
Or that files got mixed up. I'm sure many doctors would prefer to claim, "It's a miracle!" rather than, "I screwed up!"
Or perhaps, (this happened in the early 90's) they simply played the probabilities and won. Perhaps there was a very significant chance that the child was profoundly damaged, or would be, and they won on that one.
It's hard to tell, since no details are given. What was the diagnosis. How was it made. Where was it made. What did the doctor actually advise (as in the case of playing probabilities, he/she may have recommended abortion because the outcome was highly unlikely to be a good one.)
As I recall, in the early 90's, women were routinely given a blood test called the Alpha fetoprotein test for Spina Bifida. The test could send up red flags, but it was by no means a definite diagnosis at the time (they may still give it, but I'm sure it has improved or at least the way it is understood is improved) and there were occasional false positives and many stories about that. The other possiblity is that the test validly diagnosed the deformity, but by birth things had closed up properly---this could happen with less dramatic cases.
Or perhaps there was a damaged fetus that got absorbed and skewed the test results---does NOBODY even watch SHAMELES? geez!
Anyway, I used to be a labor assistant, and while my memory is rusty, I do remember quite a few stories of babies that were supposed to be bad off coming out just fine. This is especially true with incompetent doctors that let one test conclude or who don't do the proper follow-up for whatever reason. It's also 2 decades later and we've become better with this stuff---so . . .
But it's a miracle works too. I'm sure it felt like one.
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Subject: [humanism-174] It's a Miracle!!!