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NFL player Torrey Smith opens up about wife's pregnancy complications

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is asking for your prayers.

The 27-year-old opened up about his wife's pregnancy complications in an inspiring blog post earlier today.

Before heading back to their house in Baltimore from California, Chanel Smith went to what she thought was just a routine doctor's appointment to check up on her baby. But upon arriving on the other coast with her husband and their son TJ, she received an unexpected call from her doctor.

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He told her that their unborn son, whom the couple has already named Kameron, had a 1 in 25 chance of being born with Trisomy 18, a condition that causes severe developmental delays due to an extra chromosome. It occurs in 1 out of every 3,000 to 5,000 live births.

The Smiths went to the doctor the following day to get a new ultrasound and more tests done, indicating that the baby had a couple of abnormalities, which would require even more tests. He also said that the odds increased to a 1 in 10 chance that their baby had the condition.

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While Chanel Smith struggled with the news at first, she picked herself up and displayed a great deal of strength and courage, according to her husband.

"She proved that she could handle anything. Suddenly we were able to talk about what we would do with this situation knowing that her life, as well as the baby's, could be at risk," Torrey Smith, 27, wrote on his blog.

"It was easily the hardest conversation I've ever been a part of. What do you do? Do you go forward knowing the outcome will be a miscarriage or death shortly after birth all while putting your life in danger? Or do you terminate the pregnancy?"

Smith realized he could discuss the pros and cons with his wife, but figured it was ultimately her decision.

Fortunately, they don't have to make that decision: When the results came back, the couple found out their baby doesn't have Trisomy 18.

"It was the best phone call I/we have ever received," Smith wrote. "Although we could be happy for that moment, we know that he isn't in the clear. There could be more issues. We are excited to know that our child has a shot at life and nothing else even matters."

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On Twitter, Smith said he "went back and forth" about writing the blog post. But in a follow-up tweet, he wrote, "It came down to realizing many people are in your shoes but they don't talk about it."

The couple continues to discuss what else could be wrong with baby Kameron and are prepared to love him no matter what.

"We have been drawing strength from him and those around us. Now we are praying that our little fighter continues to grow and we can meet him," Smith wrote. "I'm praying for life, not for his health. A disability doesn't make you unhealthy; it just means you may have different challenges.

"We all have challenges and we are ready for ours that will soon come. Prayers up for Kameron!"

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