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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 02, 2012 | 0 comments

March 1, 2011 - Lynette Venezia was walking on air Monday morning when she left Mercy Hospital.

Doctors had just given her a clean bill of health. She was five months' pregnant, and though in a high-risk category because of her age, the 44-year-old mother and her baby were doing well.

In explaining what had brought them to Mercy Hospital, Venezia said that because his wife has lupus, an auto-immune disease, smokes cigarettes and is 44 years old, her obstetrician-gynecologist insisted on a cardio stress test.

"We'd just left the hospital and Lynette was so excited she called her mother and was telling her she was doing well, when all of a sudden the truck hit her," Venezia said.

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Updated: June 6, 2011 - Lynette Venezia delivered by Caesarean section a 4-pound, 4-ounce girl just after 8:30 Monday morning, her husband told The Buffalo News.

Destiny, who was born at 33 weeks, probably will have to remain in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for up to a month to give her time to get bigger and for her organs to develop more, Venezia said.

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A list of references and a glossary will assist the reader in obtaining additional information and understanding medical terminology. Empathetic, balanced, comprehensive, and practical, this guide provides all the facts needed by disabled women and their families. It stresses the importance of informed communication among the pregnant woman, her family members, and health care professionals. It is the only book that answers critical questions and provides guidance for the woman with a disability facing one of life's biggest challenges.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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