‘The Right Choice’: Mother’s Video Show the Trials and Blessing of Having Son With Deformed Face

Christian Buchanan was born with a severe facial deformity and without eyes. His mother has learned to look past staring strangers and embraces her decision to have had her son. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)

A video that is starting to make its rounds on the Web, although it was posted about a month ago, shows the trials of a young mother’s decision to go through with having a baby whose face would be severely deformed. It wasn’t the decision of whether or not to have him that she found difficult but the criticism and stares from strangers she received after.

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Lacey Buchanan details in a flash-card style self-video posted on “GodTube” — the Christian version of YouTube — how her son Christian came to be, the whispers she endures because of his appearance, and how she ultimately overcame it.

Here area few screenshots of the video showing you Lacey’s harrowing story:

Lacey describes how she and her husband were elated to learn they would be having a boy but later received news something was wrong with Christian. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)


There were many unknowns as to his condition and how severe it would be while he was in the womb, but he ended up being born with a severe cleft pallet and without eyes. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)
With such a rare condition, Lacey explains she can't go anywhere without stares and whispers. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)
Eventually, people began contacting Lacey on Facebook and lending her emotional support. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)
With that support, the gossip and stares began to no longer bother Lacey. (Image: YouTube Screenshot)

Watch the full 7-minute film, which she named “The Right Choice,” for yourself:

The Right Choice from laceybuchanan on GodTube.

On her blog “Leading the Blind” in March, Lacey wrote about how she had been so inspired by a video produced in a similar style that she wanted to share her story about Christian in that way as well. Within a couple hours, she had gotten 600 views and in a day it was up to 20,000 hits. As of this posting, the GodTube version had been viewed more than 62,000 times. It also has been re-posted more recently on YouTube by other users.

(Image: YouTube Screenshot)

“I am absolutely blown away by the response that the video has had,” she on her blog. “I never imagined it would be this big. Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting us in our journey!”

As Lacey, explained, Christian’s condition is called Tessier cleft, which actually describes a variety of rare forms of craniofacial clefts. The Daily Mail reports these more severe clefts only occur in 1 in 150,000 births and notes Lacey says her son is one of 50 with his specific condition in the world.