Baby Angela passes away

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence baby who defied all odds living with anencephaly far longer than doctors expected has passed away.

In fact, Angela Morales lived three and a half years longer than doctors thought. Her family says she passed away peacefully over the weekend surrounded by her family.

Angela was born with anencephaly, which is a birth defect that caused her to be born without parts of her brain and skull.

Many babies born with it are stillborn or live for a few minutes. However, Angela lived three years and nine months.

Her mom, Sonia Morales, worked to raise awareness about anencephaly through a Facebook page that gained international support.

Sonia says Angela overcame many obstacles throughout her short life.

According to the CDC, anencephaly is a rare birth defect that affects about 1,200 pregnancies every year.

Through their Facebook page, Sonia was hoping to encourage other parents to not give up after such a grim diagnosis.

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