There really was no way of knowing what to expect when the baby Kim Cattey hoped to adopt greeted the world. His birth mother hadn’t had even a passing acquaintance with prenatal care. Her four other children had been similarly neglected.
But when the newborn emerged from the birth canal on Mother’s Day 2001 — breach, as it turned out — it was worse, far worse, than anyone had imagined: Half of the little boy’s face was missing, with his mouth a gaping maw up to his eye socket. He had only one nostril. In silhouette, his face looked like a pancake.
“When I saw him, I lost every ounce of blood in my body,” Cattey said. She slid down a hallway railing and crumpled onto a waxed floor. Nurses steadied her flaccid body to a chair. “I said ‘put that back. It’s broken. It’s not done.’”– Miami Herald