Mother's GBS Status: Not tested Gestational Age: Full term plus 3 days Age Harmed: At birth
My daughter was born in 1990 with GBS but lived, and I believe this was before doctors had testing for GBS. She wasn't breathing when she was born, and they took her out of the room to treat her before I could even hold her. She had sepsis, and she nearly died. Ten days in ICU in the summer heat. I went to the hospital daily to stay with her for hours. They did several blood tests, and you can still see the scars on her feet where they had drawn the blood. She has had developmental and learning disability issues ever since being born with GBS. Her IQ is less than 100, and one of the issues was that she took longer than the average child to start walking. Her adult height is barely above dwarfism: 4'10", and her weight is less than 90 lbs now. She had been on an individualized education plan since the 4th grade but had to repeat the 1st grade. They gave her modified grading, extra time to finish tests, and could help her individually. She did graduate high school but she wasn't able to even finish the 1st semester of college due to not getting the same kind of help for her learning disability issues. She currently cannot work because her brain has trouble processing simple commands. It takes her longer that a person with average intelligence to learn how to do something new. Most jobs have deadlines, and she would not be able to meet them, as seen with simple everyday living.
— Crystal Porphir, USA
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