After discovering that their unborn kid had a severe form of spina bifida, radio star “Fitzy” and his wife, Belinda, both shared the “tough” decision that they had to make to terminate the pregnancy.
The couple had to decide whether or not to spend time with their child, something Fitzgerald was originally reluctant to do.
On the podcast titled “Separate Bathrooms,” hosted by Cameron and Alison Daddo, both Fitzgerald, and wife Irons discussed their experience.
“She was a severe case, so she wouldn’t have lasted too long, so we had to make a decision,” Fitzy recalled.
This revelation prompted the couple to opt for an abortion. “It was a really tough one as well.
And the one thing that I do remember is that I thought, ‘Oh, this could break us, Like, this is pretty full on’,” the radio host said.
They also mentioned that at the time, their physician suggested delaying their decision until after the baby was born so that they could spend some time.
“The doctor said, ‘My advice is that you give birth, and I think you should have the child and spend some time with the child’,” Fitzgerald said.
“And I instantly went, ‘No, no way. I’m not letting BJ, this will really affect her. I’m not letting you do that’.”
In the end, the couple made the decision to follow through with the delivery of the baby, after which they said their final goodbyes.
The time spent with their newborn, according to Fitzgerald, “was a moment just to say thank you.”
“We spent a bit of time with her… And we said our goodbye. And it was really emotional,” he added.
“And you know what, it really brought us so much closer together.
Yeah, it was an amazing day.” Reflecting on the day, Irons said the baby, who they named Cayley-Jay, “fit in her hand”.
“I remember when she came out, and she was just like a little doll, she was perfect, like, she had fingernails and little lips,” she recalled.
“I remember just touching her little lips. And I was like, Oh my gosh, there’s a little tongue in there as well.” “[Cayley-Jay] had this new really big open wound up her back.
“And I remember that, to me, I was thinking that that’s a sign that we’ve done the right thing.
“It was tough.”