In a story that is as touching as it is heartbreaking, a mother diagnosed with a deadly form of dementia gave birth to a baby girl.
Sabrina Lauman is one of the youngest people on the planet to be diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a rare, but terminal form of dementia. According to Global News, she was given the bad news in what was supposed to be an exciting time in her life — just after discovering she was pregnant with her second child. At 35 years old, Lauman was given a month to live, and by September 2018, the young mother lost the ability to walk or talk.
A diagnosis of CJD is literally one in one million, but it’s normally found in older people, and it doesn’t take long for the devastating effects to take place. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the most common form of this disease is sporadic and can impact those who seem to have no risk factors. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, there is no treatment at this time.
Given how rapidly the disease operates and how early Sabrina was into her pregnancy, it looked like the baby wouldn’t survive either, leaving the entire family in the worst scenario imaginable.
Yet, somehow, there was a silver lining to all this. Miracles do happen, and on Jan. 11, 2019, Stella Sabrina Lauman was welcomed into the world, via C Section. weighing in at five pounds, eight ounces, she is healthy and staying with her mom in the palliative care wing of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Stella will be Sabrina’s second child with her husband Brent. Their first daughter, Scarlett, will be turning three, and she’s already very happy to be a big sister. The family says she’s still learning to be a little more gentle with the newborn, but she loves to cuddle with her younger sibling.
We can’t even imagine the range of emotions the Lauman family is going through. Still, Stella’s birth is something truly incredible, and at the very least, Sabrina’s loved ones can know that she held on just long enough to make sure her baby would live.