Baby Born With Brain Outside Skull Had Little Chance Of Survival — But No One Told Him That
Mom Sierra Yoder thought she would meet her son and then have to bury him. Now, months later, Bentley Yoder continues to defy the odds.
The Washington Post:
‘We Had No Hope’: The Amazing Story Of The Baby Born With His Brain Outside His Skull
Right on schedule, Sierra Yoder went into labor. It was Halloween night, and she was wearing an orange T-shirt with a pumpkin covering her belly. It was embellished with her new son’s name and his expected birth date: “Bentley. Due 10/31/15.” Yoder and her husband, Dustin Yoder, hopped into the car and headed for the hospital — but without any bottles, without any diapers, without a car seat in which to bring their newborn home. They had packed one onesie — light blue with stars — and matching pants and warm, fuzzy socks. The couple expected to bury their son in it very soon. (Bever, 6/20)
Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Child Born With His Brain Outside Skull Continues To Defy All Odds
Doctors told Dustin and Sierra Yoder that their son, Bentley, would be “‘incompatible with life.” He was born with a rare condition called encephalocele, which caused his skull to form incorrectly, forcing part of his brain to grow up and out of his skull. The Yoders expected to bury tiny Bentley shortly after his birth; he was given little chance of survival. (Caren, 6/20)