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Ms Zapata, Mr Reade...I have some rather...devastating news for the two of you concerning your baby....
as part of THE PRE-NATAL CARE REGIMEN, we've performed a battery of tests to determine the landmarks
for development of the fetus' vital organs. Your child has a condition known as ANECEPHALY...

She explains what Anencephaly is: a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.
It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull
(upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube).

The usually briskly efficient, to the point OBGYN has no power over the tears that fill her eyes. "I'm beyond sorry, so
beyond that, beyond sorry...your baby wouldn't live long after birth, if at all. His or her chances of survival after birth are...none. "

Stunned into silence, Tasha says nothing. Her eyes are vacant, blasted...

Reade says, "Re-do the test."

"Mr. Reade..."

"RE--DO IT!, Reade yells, jumping to his feet.

"I'm sorry." Dr. Chu whispers.

Dazedly, Zapata fumbles for her man's hand. "Vamos, Reade. Vamos." (Let's go)

As if in a dream, Reade allows Zapata to lead him from the room. Dr Chu, calls after them.

"My Assistant will call you in a few to determine how you'd like to...proceed. Again,
I can't express how very very sorry I am."

"Thank you."