Mother of 6-year-old with microcephaly: “It gets better”
Like most six-year-olds, Edmund Picciuto loves singing, toys and, of course, his mother.
But unlike most of his peers, Edmund has microcephaly, the result of a genetic disorder his mom Elizabeth Picciuto didn’t know about while pregnant.
“When he first came home my initial thought was, I can’t do this. I can’t do this. I didn’t sign up for this. Which is not true at all — of course you sign up for it,” she said.
She and her husband, Vincent, were told Edmund might never recognize them, and that he might not even survive. Some doctors went as far as suggesting he be institutionalized.
“My first response was ‘I didn’t think people did that anymore,'” Picciuto explained.