When she got pregnant with her first child in 2014, Lauren O’Neill was already having problems with the pregnancy.
After her second miscarriage, O’Neills mother told her doctors that her unborn baby had been diagnosed with autism.
O’neill, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Davis, says she was not aware that autism was a condition until after the birth.
“When I was getting the ultrasound, I saw that I was pregnant with a boy,” O’Neil told Vice News.
“I thought that I had had the wrong doctor.
The doctor was in fact in the right place at the right time.
They said that I would not have a good chance to live. “
The doctors told me I was not going to be able to deliver a baby and I would probably die.
They said that I would not have a good chance to live.
That was devastating.”
O’Neill had an MRI to check on the fetus at the time of her second pregnancy, but it was negative for autism.
“They did a CT scan, which showed that I didn’t have any brain tumor,” O ‘neill said.
“There was no reason for it to be negative.
They took my son and they gave him a diagnosis of autism.”
In the end, doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine agreed to perform an antiseptic abortion on her.
“We didn’t want to make her feel unsafe,” O-Neill told Vice.
“It felt so important to her to not be afraid.
I felt like we were doing her a favor.”
O Neill says the abortion was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is located in Baltimore, Maryland.
After undergoing several rounds of ultrasounds, the ultrasound doctor concluded that the fetus was healthy, but there was no evidence of a brain tumor.
O Neill said that the abortion went well and she is currently back at work, which means she is free to return to her day-to-day life.
“I’ve been in the hospital all my life,” O Neil said.
O’Neil said she plans to continue to speak out about autism in the future.
She told Vice that she believes her son was not suffering from autism.
“It doesn’t feel good to me to see a baby with autism being put through this,” ONeill said of her son’s diagnosis.
“This baby was just born with a head of hair and a head and a brain that is still developing.
We didn’t know how to care for him.
I am so thankful to the doctors that I saw and treated him, and now he is doing well.
We have not given up.”
O neill said her son has a full recovery and is looking forward to returning to school and starting his career.
“He’s going to become a doctor, and I am hoping to be his teacher and mentor.”
Follow Samantha O’Brien on Twitter: @samanthabrienCNNO neilly told Vice she would like to see other parents who are facing similar problems in the same way as her have their children aborted.
“If I can do anything to help other parents, I would like people to know that I am a very brave woman who has had the courage to share my story,” O neill told the outlet.