I'm blue today. Our family has been praying for the Edmondson family who just had fetal surgery, and the mom's contractions have not stopped. Here's what the dad posted today on our Facebook fetal surgery group site:
SB family, two nights ago Emily started having contractions and they lasted through the morning. Doctors tried everything possible to keep her from going into labor yesterday morning, but the body does what the body wants to. I’m very sad to report Reese Isabella Edmondson was delivered at 2:29pm yesterday and passed away shortly after at 4:05pm. It was a very emotional day for Emily and I, but we were fortunate enough to be able to hold our baby girl until she passed. The odds and statistics were simply stacked against us today. She was delivered at 22 weeks 6 days. She was 13oz and 11 inches long. She has been such an inspiration to us these last few weeks and it’s comforting to know she is now in a better place and pain free. She was truly a fighter and didn’t give up easy. Thanks so much to each and every one of you for all of your support thus far...
I've never met this family, but my heart breaks for their loss. Losing Baby Maggie is what Matt and I feared the most in doing the surgery. My wish for these parents is that they don't feel guilt and think "what if". I'm sure they weighed the options and struggled with such a huge decision. Ultimately, they chose the surgery for the same reasons Matt and I did...to give our girl a jump start on an already difficult road ahead of her.
Maggie will be 33 weeks in a few days. Am I grateful enough?
This is the onesie that Emily gave her husband for Father's Day.