Susan Boyle soared to stardom in April 2009 after appearing on the UK television program, Britain’s Got Talent. But the world almost missed out on knowing her.
In her autobiography, The Woman I Was Born To Be, Boyle reveals that doctors recommended a “termination” to Bridget Boyle, who already was a mother of eight children, because they feared physical complications. Fortunately for Boyle, her mother rejected their advice to abort as unthinkable.
Even then, doctors took a dismissive view of the life of this newborn baby — especially when they suspected brain damage due to oxygen deprivation. They thought they were being helpful in telling her mother not to expect too much to become of her.
Here's to Susan Boyle's mother who chose to give birth despite the bleakness that had been presented to her.
Of course, all persons are valuable and worth saving ... not just the ones we think so at the time.
The last word is reserved for Susan: “I’m sure they had the best of intentions, but I don’t think they should have said that, because nobody can foretell the future.”
Channel 10 News, 17th October 2010