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Mother’s instinct is a real thing. It “kicks” whenever the welfare of the child is in question and “tells” mothers something’s wrong, even when doctors and modern medicine question the parent’s claims.

Baby Emmy was welcomed into the world with a huge smile on her face and everyone who saw her was thrilled. Her mom Vanessa was glad her girl seemed happy to be in her parents’ arms.

However, as time passed by, it looked like baby Emmy just wouldn’t stop smiling. And as everyone thought her smile was heart-melting, Vanessa somehow knew there was something more behind that constant smile. No matter how much she wanted her daughter to be super excited and all smiles all the time, she was aware that wasn’t normal. Besides that, this worried mother noticed how the girl’s fingers curled inwards every now and then.

Eventually, Vanessa took Emmy to the hospital and asked from the doctors to see whether there was something wrong with the little girl.

When doctors examined the baby they said how Vanessa was just ‘looking for things’ and told her to go home and enjoy the time with her bundle of joy as everything seemed perfectly normal to them.

However, that didn’t stop Vanessa from doing her own research. She found out that Emmy’s fingers who were now constantly angled inwards could be sign of different symptoms. Although she was sent home with a clean bill of health, Vanessa wanted a second opinion and sought the help from a specialist.

After thorough research, the specialist diagnosed Emmy with Williams syndrome. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, this syndrome, also known as Williams-Beuren syndrome, “is a rare genetic disorder characterized by growth delays before and after birth (prenatal and postnatal growth retardation), short stature, a varying degree of mental deficiency, and distinctive facial features that typically become more pronounced with age.”

Another issue emerging from the syndrome are cardiovascular diseases, which Emmy had. Over the years, she had undergone several surgeries but is doing well now.

“The special days I have with Emmy aren’t the ‘big’ days like trips to Disney World, it’s snuggling on the couch on a rainy day,” Vanessa told The Mirror. She added that no matter it looks like Emmy is smiling all the time, she has her moods just like every other child out there. “I’d love Emmy to be able to drive a car, go to college, and get married (if she wants to).” 

“To have a profession that she’s proud of, and I would like for her to feel valued at work. I’d like her to have a couple of good, solid, meaningful friendships. Above all, I’d wish for her to have unending happiness.”

We hope Emmy will have a wonderful life. But if it wasn’t for Vanessa’s gut feeling in the first place, who knows what would have happened to her daughter. It’s true when they say that moms know best.

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