Mom Sees Her New Baby's 'Ugly' Face, Then She Calls An Emergency Family Meeting
Bringing home your baby from the hospital should be a joyous and exciting time for a family. Scooping up the bundle of joy and driving home to the nursery they curated is what every parent fantasizes about.
However, for one family, bringing their child home was anything but magical. One Mom and Dad were completely shocked when they saw their newborn son. There were some things that were definitely not right, and they could tell just by looking at him. They already had four healthy children, and assumed their fifth would be just as healthy.
Robert Hoge was born 44 years ago with a massive tumor on his face, as well as deformed legs. His tumor was extremely large on his tiny frame, as it was about the size of a tennis ball. Doctors tried to save his legs, but since the deformities were so severe, they had to amputate them. The doctors knew Robert would not have a normal life.
Both parents were immensely shocked, and didn't want to see their son for a week. Robert's Mother was especially jolted when she laid eyes on her son, and she said that she didn't want to take her new baby home. She even told her sister that her son was ugly.
As time progressed, Robert's condition remained the same, but one thing changed. His Mother's heart began to transform, and that's when a family meeting was called. Robert's four siblings and his parents all agreed that Robert should be welcomed home to be a part of the family.
It may seem easy to categorize Robert's parents - especially his Mother - into a villain character. But, according to Robert, he understands why she was so apprehensive to welcome a special needs child. He says she was terrified of outsiders bullying Robert or her family because of Robert's appearance. Incredibly, Robert has now fully accepted and even defended his Mom's initial concerns of welcoming him as her son.
Amazingly, Robert now is an author and speaker, and illustrates how he overcame the hard obstacles of his childhood in his book, titled "Ugly." Robert says that kids should embrace who they are, and that looks are just one piece of the whole person.
"How we look is part of who we are, we can't hide that. But it does not define all of us. That is what I tell kids. The should not try to pretend that they are not who they are. They are also defined by the sports they like and the books they read and the other interests they have got; not just by how they look."
Robert has come a long ways since his traumatic childhood, and by the time he turned 30, he became a Dad himself. He lives in Australia with his wife and children, and became a successful journalist before writing his new book.
Robert credits his Mom in shaping him into the Dad he is today. His story on inner strength and family is incredibly inspiring, as we can all learn something from accepting ourselves (and our family members) just the way they are.