‘Miracle baby’ celebrates first birthday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence family held a party Sunday for a milestone they never thought they’d celebrate.

Angela Morales, nicknamed the “miracle baby,” was born with anencephaly. Most babies with that diagnosis only live for a few minutes after birth.

“Last year we were crying, it was like saying hello and goodbye the same day, so it was painful,” said Angela’s mother, Sonia.

But Angela kept living, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, defying every odd possible. In the weeks after her birth, the family ate a birthday cake every day to celebrate, not knowing if Angela would live to see the next day.

On Sunday, the family ate a huge cake to celebrate her real birthday, a day no one saw coming.

“We give her love unconditionally,” said Sonia. “She’s making progress every day. Tiny, tiny little things, for us are big, big milestones.”

Tiny things such as lifting her head, rolling on her side, and smiling.

“We’ll take care of her until God decides to take her away, and God has already given her to us for one year,” Sonia added.

It’s been a year that Angela has left her mark on the world, showing her family how to never give up and keep fighting.

Angela’s case has gained attention around the world. Her mother said she’s received letters from people in 48 countries, asking questions about anencephaly and how Angela has been able to survive. A documentary about her life is set to be released later this year.

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