Naffi and Racheli Goldman spend every hour of their days caring for their severely disabled daughter. But they sacrifice joyfully, realizing that Batya’s life is a precious miracle.
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None of us choose our bodies. This baby girl, which suffered so much at such a young age, will be beautiful in heaven and will receive her great reward from God. Thank you to the parents for your bravery and love.
Not everyone shares their views, however. Somerset Live reports the family has been targeted by cruel internet trolls who call Batya a monster and tell her parents that she is better off dead. The messages said things like “do you think keeping this creature alive is the right thing to do?”. The little girl faced discrimination before birth, too, when doctors suggested that she be aborted.
The Goldmans, a Manchester, England family who now live in Israel, said Batya was diagnosed with a series of life-threatening disabilities late in Racheli’s pregnancy. Doctors said the unborn infant had spina bifida, Pfeiffer Syndrome and Antley Bixler Syndrome and was “not compatible with life,” the report states.
Even though she was seven months pregnant, Racheli was given the option to abort Batya. She refused. “It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear and our world came crashing down. But God is a creator and he doesn’t make mistakes. We will look after the gift we have been given,” she said.
The Goldmans felt heartbroken at the cruel discrimination, but they hope that, by sharing their daughter’s story, more people will realize her value, no matter what her abilities.
“She is a pampered baby for sure. She loves to be kissed, she loves to be held,” her father said. “She likes to know when people are around her. She can’t see or hear so we try to be around her all the time so she isn’t scared.
“She has found a way to survive and we absolutely love her,” Naffi said.