2. On Oct.
19, 2016, Paradiso posted about her experience
having a “late-term abortion” at 23 weeks. Since then, the post
has gone viral with over 100,000 shares.
“I was watching the [third presidential debate] and
when I heard Trump say that late-term abortions were
ripping babies out at nine months, I went into a full panic
attack and started sobbing because I couldn’t believe people
actually thought that happens, so I had to share my story and
set things straight,” Paradiso told BuzzFeed Health.
The story went viral after she shared it that night, and it
began trending again recently after Virginia proposed a
ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
wanted her no matter what,” Paradiso said, so they planned to
wait until Omara was viable at 27 weeks to deliver her
surgically so doctor’s could operate on the tumor, which
ensured the best chance of survival.
“We had to have her delivered early by an
EXIT procedure, which is basically like a larger and
riskier C-section, because her tumor was so massive that at
27 weeks she would be too big to deliver vaginally,” Paradiso
Along with the EXIT procedure necessary to save Omara’s life,
Paradiso said she faced the risk of infertility with the
procedure but was willing to go through with it if it meant
Omara could survive.
doctors believed the tumor would kill Omara before 27 weeks,
at which point Paradiso would have to have an EXIT procedure,
as the tumor would be too large for her to have a D&C.
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“I was willing to risk never having kids again with the EXIT
procedure if it meant Omi could survive, but now that we knew
she would probably die before viability, the thought of also
being infertile was too much for us,” Paradiso said.
She and her husband chose to have a procedure where a lethal
injection is administered to the baby and labor is induced
“Our hospital where my OB-GYN was couldn’t do it, so we
traveled about an hour away — and we were lucky, because a
lot of parts of Virginia are very restrictive,” Paradiso
7. “I was
in labor for 40 hours, it was so painful and exhausting but I
wanted to deliver my daughter so I could hold her and say
goodbye,” Paradiso says.
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Omara’s heart stopped beating on Feb. 26 and she was
delivered on Feb. 28. “It was so painful, I didn’t want to
get pain meds so I could remember everything, but after over
12 hours, halfway through, I couldn’t handle it anymore and
got an epidural. When I delivered her it felt like an
out-of-body experience,” Paradiso said.
The family chose to have Omara buried and held a small
funeral service for her.