Adoptive Mother Abandons Baby With Disability

A mother in Florida has decided to keep her baby after it was abandoned by its adoptive mother.

Baby Abigail Lynn was born on January 11 this year.

Her mother Christina initially planned on putting the baby up for adoption, after realising she wasn't in the right situation to properly care for a child.

While Christina had already raised an 18-year-old daughter, she was currently single and described herself as "basically homeless". 

However, the adoption did not go as planned.

According to Christina, when the adoptive mother arrived at the hospital to meet her new daughter, she fled after discovering the child had facial deformities.

Abigail Lynn was born with Treacher Collins syndrome - a rare disorder that affects the development of bones in the face.

Christina says the condition was not picked up in ultrasounds or tests prior to the birth.

She explained to PEOPLE, she gave the adoptive mother a chance to visit the little girl in the hospital, but returned crying and fled the hospital.

"We never heard from them again," Christina said.

Taking the rejection as a "sign", Christina decided to keep baby Abigail and try and raise her on her own.

"I'm not a religious person at all, but I know when something is smacking me in the face," Christina said. "I just knew I would never be able to give her up. I would always be wondering if they were taking care of her properly."

Now, Christina is reportedly living with a friend, working part time, with plans to eventually return to full time work. In the meantime, she has established a Go Fund Me account to help pay for "baby clothes, dipers, wipes, etc."

It has currently raised over $7,000 USD for the struggling mum.

While PEOPLE reports Abigail Lynn may require cochlear implants in the future, Treacher Collins does not affect the brain and the little girl should live a "perfectly normal life".

[Feature image via Facebook/Christina Fisher; Credit: Oksana Peery Photography]

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