Jamie Carragher, take a bow. However, doctors advised his parents to terminate him as he wasn’t going to live. Wow.
Spina bifida is a horrible condition. It basically means that the spine doesn’t form properly. The central nervous system (in the form of the spinal cord), normally protected by the skeleton, is exposed. It’s not a brain disease though. It causes lower limb paralysis, loss of sensation and incontinence. Not nice. However, there’s no reason that you can’t, with assistance, have quality of life, function and make a difference with this condition.
However, his mum was a legend (as her son later became) and said no. I think you’d struggle to win the Champion’s League with that diagnosis. Jamie describes, in this article, how he feels:
“But, for that decision, I’m not here. The admiration I have for my parents but especially my mum, to go through that and stick with the decision to keep me.”
When I read this, Gianna Jesson immediately came to mind. She inspires people every day with her talks, tweets or witness. But she never lifted the biggest club football trophy in the world!
I also just love how Jamie proves that they’re just a normal Liverpool family saying that, “the thing my dad always remembers is that the day I was born, Everton got beat away by Middlesborough in the FA Cup.”
There are heart-breaking cases where children do die very soon after birth. But, if they’re expecting it, the child usually gives an amazing short time to their parents before leaving us. This pre-emptive attitude of “your baby’s going to die or be disabled,” has, time and time again, been proved wrong.
Thank you Jamie. Every time I see you commentating on the footy, I’ll subconsciously be inspired.
To the world, give our kids a chance. Please.
All quotes from https://www.11versus11.com/metro/home-truths-jamie-carragher/