Ethan was a miracle baby. (Actually, I believe all babies are miracles!) Two years before Ethan's birth, a doctor told me that I probably would not be able to get pregnant without fertility treatments. My husband and I decided to wait and take some time to pray about our options. While we were waiting, we found out that we were pregnant with Ethan! He was a long-awaited answer to our prayers for a baby.

On June 20, 2015, we had an ultrasound which detected several abnormalities. Ethan was diagnosed with two major heart defects, had hydrocephalus, and was missing a small piece of his brain. Doctors told us that it was impossible to determine what the outcome would be. Ethan could have severe handicaps, die before, during or after birth, or he could go on to live a completely normal life. We chose to celebrate his life and to love him wholeheartedly, no matter what the outcome would be.

On August 15, 2015 I went into labor. Ethan Daniel was born on August 16, 2015 at 1:32pm. He was beautiful. The doctors soon noticed that his heart was not circulating blood correctly and told us that our sweet baby would not survive. We spent a beautiful 93 minutes with Ethan before he drifted to sleep, into the arms of Jesus.

We later learned that Ethan had Full Trisomy 9, a fatal chromosome disorder that often causes babies to die in the first trimester. Our doctors told us that Ethan "should not" have been born alive. He was our miracle. 

Ethan's life left an impact on many people during his time in the womb and in the 93 minutes that he spent in our world. Our hope is that he continues to leave a legacy, long after his passing.

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