A mother's miracle

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by April Warnecke

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 3:11 AM

PHOENIX -- This weekend, it's all about mom. But for one Valley family, this Mother's Day will have extra special meaning.

Megan and Jake DeJarnett met in high school and married a few years later. They always wanted kids, but wondered if that would be possible. Megan was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, SMA, when she was a baby. It's a type of muscular dystrophy that means she's been in a wheelchair almost her entire life.

But Megan says her parents raised her to believe anything was possible, and her doctor agreed. She and Jake got the go-ahead to have a baby after her doctor did some research and found 17 cases of women with SMA who carried and delivered babies.

MeganThe pregnancy was not without risk. Megan had numerous ultrasounds, but said she felt great and couldn't believe she was going to be a mom.

Baby Bronx was born last fall and the couple is enjoying every minute with their new son.

They work as a constant team, Jake changing diapers and giving baths while Megan offers an encouraging word nearby. She says it's important to be there for all of those moments, even though she can't physically help. She wants Bronx to hear her voice and know that she is there.

Megan says she is so grateful to be a mother and couldn't do any of it without the support of Jake. She says Mother's Day will also be about celebrating him this year.

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