Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fort Hood Soldier's Toughest Battle is Not Born Yet

Fort Hood soldier's baby faces rare health condition
KCEN TV 6 News
Jillian Angeline
CAPT. WILLIAM LEASURE'S WIFE, ELISA LEASURE, WAS AT A ROUTINE SONOGRAM AT 20 WEEKS PREGNANT WHEN SHE HEARD THE NEWS NO PARENT WANTS TO HEAR. "THEY GOT ANOTHER SONOGRAPHER TO COME IN AND THAT’S WHEN I KNEW SOMETHING REALLY WASN’T RIGHT,” LEASURE SAID.
HOUSTON - A Fort Hood soldier returned home early from a deployment in Europe to care for his family. His soon-to-be newborn son is facing an uphill battle.


The soldier's wife, Elisa Leasure, was at a routine sonogram at 20 weeks pregnant when she heard the news no parent wants to hear.

"They got another sonographer to come in and that’s when I knew something really wasn’t right,” Leasure said.

Leasure's son, Billy Jr., was diagnosed with Heterotaxy Syndrome -- a condition which affects 1 in 10,000 births where internal organs are misplaced or duplicated. Heterotaxy means "on the different side".

“My first thought is we have to temper our excitement because I know nothing about this disease and of course one of the first things you’re presented with is hey, you should strongly consider abortion,” Captain William Leasure said.

“Rather than being upset like I was, because I was in tears, I just couldn’t think clearly," Elisa Leasure said. "His first thought was well we’ll research it and you know? Worse case scenario, instead of a football player, I’ll have a fishing buddy.”

Billy’s heart developed on the right side of his body, known as right atrial isomerism.
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