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星火英语15篇文章背完大学英语六级词汇:Unit7-Part1

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《星火英语15篇背完六级词汇》教你一种用全新的方法突破六级词汇。UNIT7The DecisionDr. Sam said to me: &

    《星火英语15篇背完六级词汇》教你一种用全新的方法突破六级词汇。

    UNIT7

    The Decision

    Dr. Sam said to me:

    “I don't know how to

    say this, except to come

    right out with it, Miriam.

    The tests we did last week

    show that there are abnormalities

    with the fetus. I recommend

    you consider an abortion.”

    I sat, hands folded together in

    my lap, numbed by his words.

    The world around me disappeared

    as I strove to absorb

    the dreadful news Dr. Sam

    was giving me. His voice

    came to me as if spoken

    in a tunnel, hollow and echoing.

    Could this be true? The baby

    inside me, the miracle created

    by love, wasn't perfect!

    “Your baby has a condition

    known as Down's Syndrome. The problems

    you will face if you don't

    terminate this pregnancy could be

    overwhelming, especially now that

    Paul is no longer with you.”

    Here I was, thirty nine

    years old, pregnant for the first time,

    and my doctor, my trusted friend,

    was telling me I should kill

    this innocent life in my womb.

    I knew I had to respond

    but words escaped me. Finally,

    I was able to speak. “I need

    some time to consider my options.

    With all that has happened

    in the past month and a half,

    I don't want to do anything

    without knowing all I can about this.”

    “You don't have long, Miriam.

    You are eleven weeks along

    and it's dangerous to perform

    an abortion after twelve weeks,

    try not to prolong your decision.”

    “It's too much for me to

    get my head around right now.

    I need to think. I promise

    Ill get back to you

    in a day or so.” I left

    the office in a daze.

    What was I going to do?

    Where would I begin? Who,

    besides Dr. Sam,  would be able

    to advise me? My parents were

    on the other side of the world,

    teaching in China. I felt that

    if I could talk to Mom,

    held in her comforting arms,

    she would give me some

    of her wisdom. If I could

    be face-to-face with Dad, he would

    give me strength. They were

    all I had left in my world.

    My husband, Paul, had been killed

    in a traffic accident six weeks ago.

    Mom and Dad had gone back to

    China a week after the funeral,

    when they thought I was

    able to cope with my loss.

    There was nowhere to turn.

    I had to face reality.

    This was a decision

    I would make on my own.

    I needed to gather all the information

    I could about Down's syndrome.

    I wasted no time. I went to

    the library to begin my research.

    The steps to the future

    were in my hands.

    The first medical journal I chose

    explained the causes of Down's syndrome.

    Normally, each egg and sperm cell

    contains 23 chromosomes, and,

    when they unite, 23 pairs

    or 46 in total. Occasionally,

    an accident occurs when the egg

    or sperm cell is forming,

    creating an extra chromosome number 21.

    This extra chromosome results in

    the features of Down's syndrome.

    In the past, this disorder was

    called “Mongolism” because of

    the facial characteristics including

    slanted eyes and a small, flattened

    nasal bridge. It is a common

    genetic birth defect affecting about

    one in 800 to 1000 births when

    the mother is 30 years of age.

    The odds of my having a Down syndrome

    increased to one in 100 because

    I was in my fortieth year.

    There is no cure for this disorder.

    Neither is there any prevention.

    My child would be developmentally and

    physically retarded to a greater

    or lesser degree. She could have

    numerous health problems. It was unlikely

    she would ever marry and

    her having children was out

    of the question. Her life expectancy

    could be as little as 55 years.

    Paul and I had been married

    for ten years and had always

    regretted the fact that I had

    been unable to conceive. After

    he died, I attributed my nausea, vomiting

    and lethargy to my grief, never

    suspecting that I might be pregnant.

    Poor Paul would never know that

    we would have a child together.

    This thought alone was what

    made me realize that I wouldn't

    be able to have an abortion,

    no matter what obstacles

    might be ahead of us.

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