When a couple first finds out that they have a new baby on the way, one of the most magical moments is finding out the gender of the baby. Over the years, couples have gotten more and more creative with how they find out the gender of their new baby. Some hit a golf ball that reveals blue or pink powder, and others open up a box that is holding the appropriate color for the gender.
While some couples hold out until the birth to find out the gender, the majority of couples opt to find out the sex of the baby ahead of time for the simple fact that it makes planning a whole lot easier. Knowing whether you are having a boy or a girl can narrow down room decorating options and the baby’s wardrobe and today’s technology makes it easy to learn the sex within a matter of minutes by way of an ultrasound, which has proven to be pretty darn accurate over the years. And then there are times when an ultrasound is simply wrong.
When it was time to find out the gender of her baby, Madeleshia Hiscock had three ultrasounds showing that she was having a baby girl, but when she went in for a fourth scan, the technician informed her that they had been mistaken and she was having a baby boy. This name came as a shock, as Hiscock had a gut feeling that she was having a girl.
As to be expected, the couple was a bit disappointed since they had been planning for a daughter and even picked out a name, along with girl-appropriate items. But like most parents, they were simply happy to welcome the baby into the world, whether it was a boy or a girl.
“Even when he was born the doctors said Kenny was a boy. We had been buying blue baby grows and toy cars for weeks,” Hiscock said. “Our first child Zadeleshia was a girl so we were really excited to be having a boy and had got everything ready.”
When baby Kenneth arrived, the family was happy to welcome the baby boy considering they had a girl already. After he was born, they went about life as usual, but they always sensed that something was off with baby Kenny. This intuition was confirmed when the baby was five months old. Doctors discovered that Kenny had a rare disorder known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which is a group of inherited genetic disorders that affect the adrenal glands. Individuals with CAH don’t have the enzymes that “the adrenal glands use to produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, the immune system, blood pressure and other essential functions.
The couple then found out that baby Kenny was actually a girl.
“It felt like our baby’s sex was changing every other minute, but I didn’t expect there to be a problem after the birth,” said Hiscock, who was completely confused after the diagnosis. Kenneth’s name was changed to McKenzi and her birth certificate was adjusted.
While there is no cure for CAH, there are treatment options available, but since McKenzi is still so young, it’s hard for doctors to determine the severity of the disorder.
“We are now seeing what medical help we can get her to make her life as normal as possible,” said Madeleshia. “The doctor told us her condition is extremely rare. He said it means the baby is not really male or female, but somewhere between.”