SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - San Francisco 49ers Torrey Smith is sharing a story of faith and courage as his wife faces complications in her pregnancy.
And he's asking for prayers for their unborn son whom the couple has already named Kameron.
In an inspiring and candid blog post, the 27-year-old wide receiver detailed his family's emotional journey that began with an unexpected call from their doctor.
The couple received word that there is a 1 in 25 chance that their unborn son will be born with Trisomy 18.
The rare condition is caused by an extra chromosome and can lead to severe developmental delays.
Studies have shown that only 50% of babies who are carried to term will be born alive.
After receiving the heartbreaking news, Smith says the couple returned to the doctor for further tests, which indicated the baby had a couple of abnormalities.
"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," Smith writes.
And he says that he realized that the decision was ultimately his wife's and that he would respect and support her either way.
Fortunately they don't have to make that choice.
Smith says that when the test results finally came back, the couple found out their baby doesn't have Trisomy 18.
"It was the best phone call I/we have ever received. Although we could be happy for that moment, we know that he isn't in the clear. There could be more issues." Smith writes.
Smith says he and his wife have been preparing for whatever lies ahead and that they are finding comfort in the fact that their baby has a "shot at life."
"I’m not worried about it a single bit! I always believed that it takes special parents to provide and show love to a kid with special needs... It could be absolutely nothing. I do know that we are ready for whatever may come and my wife is leading the way."
He called his wife Chanel fearless and praised her for her strength and courage.
Smith says his family has been drawing strength from their faith in God and from those around them, and he asked for prayers.
"Now we are praying that our little fighter continues to grow and we can meet him. 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!"