• Right to Life

What Do You Do With a Gift?

“If God offered you a gift but you could only keep it for a little while, would you take it?”

For Mike and Jess Witous, the answer is a resounding yes.

When they conceived their second child last year, Mike and Jess knew there was a chance they would only have their baby for a little while.

The couple has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia. Their children have a 25% chance of having a terminal form of that condition, where typically babies live for hours to a couple of days.

They opted to not undergo genetic testing. The results didn’t matter. They were going to give their baby a shot no matter what.

Their little girl was born with the fatal condition, known as Double Dominance dwarfism. They named her Margot (a form of Margaret) which means “pearl” or “rare”. They only learned later that St. Margaret of Costello is not only the patron saint of the pro-life movement and those with disabilities, but she also had a form of dwarfism.