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Her ultrasound revealed something highly unusual with her baby; a single night’s decision reveals the power of maternal instincts

“My maternal instinct since his diagnosis had been telling me they were wrong about him.”

Her ultrasound revealed something highly unusual with her baby; a single night’s decision reveals the power of maternal instincts

“My maternal instinct since his diagnosis had been telling me they were wrong about him.”
  • Sierra and Dustin Yoder somberly drove to the hospital on Halloween. Sierra was about to give birth to a baby the doctors predicted would shortly die.

  • They only had one outfit for their little boy. Doctor's tried to prepare them by giving them brochures of funeral homes.

  • The parents hoped for at least an hour with their little son before he died, but a miracle gave them much more than that.

  • The pregnancy

  • When their first child, Beau, was a toddler, Sierra and Dustin decided to have another child. The pregnancy was normal, at least that's what the Yoder's thought.

  • Sierra went to the doctor to find out her baby's gender. Instead, she received some devastating news. Her baby's skull hadn't formed properly, allowing part of the brain to form outside of the skull. This is called an encephalocele.

  • "They said he had zero chance of survival - 'incompatible with life,' they told us," said Sierra. "I specifically remember asking is there any chance he could survive? They said no, that in the best-case scenario, he's going to be a vegetable. They made it out like I was going to lose him at any point."

  • Doctors recommended an abortion

  • "That was the darkest part of the entire thing," Sierra told The Washington Post. "We decided to abort that day. We didn't want him to come into the world and suffer."

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  • They made an appointment for the abortion, but Sierra changed her mind the night before.

  • "My maternal instinct since his diagnosis had been telling me they were wrong about him," Sierra said. She decided to carry their son full term and named him Bentley Ross Yoder.

  • That's when the funeral home pamphlets came

  • Doctors knew Bentley wasn't going to live for very long.

  • "We were never given hope," said Sierra.

  • They were told that their son wouldn't talk, move or even recognize hunger. The family prepared for the worst.

  • On Halloween evening, they drove to the hospital to deliver and prepare to bury their son.

  • Bentley was born on Nov. 1, 2015

  • He was immediately placed in his parents arms. The doctors and nurses wanted these parents to hold their son while they could.

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  • "He was perfect," Sierra said. "It really didn't matter how long we had. We were just thankful we got to hold him."

  • To everyone's surprise their son was crying, breathing and moving. Five hours later there was no sign of his health declining. Eventually, Sierra and Dustin were sent home with Bentley and hospice care - a service they miraculously never needed.

  • The family kept friends updated on Bentley's condition on a Facebook support group called, #prayersforBentley.

  • Bentley's brain