A woman was 19 weeks into her pregnancy when she miscarried. Her husband captured photos of her 19-week-old baby, which was later posted on her blog, and the photos made a big impact on people around the country.
Parents to two daughters, Alexis and her husband Joshua Fretz couldn’t wait for the arrival of their newest baby. However, the couple was devastated when Alexis miscarried at 19 weeks, according to her blog.
She shared that she experienced spotting, which later turned pink, prompting her midwife to advise her to go to the ER, or Emergency Room.
As she was only 19 weeks 3 days, she was required to stay in the ER. An hour later, Alexis could hear her baby’s heartbeat and thought everything would be fine. As she waited for an ultrasound, she felt “a few twinges of pain” and knew she was in labor, and later gave birth to her son, Walter Joshua Fretz.
Recalling that moment when she held her baby, she wrote: “I was crying so hard at this point but he was perfect. He was fully formed and everything was there, I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest. Joshua and I both held him and cried over him and looked over our perfect, tiny son.”
Fretz then snapped photos of their son. The photos were later posted online before being shared extensively. “At first I did not want any photos, but they are the only thing I have to look back on now,” she wrote.
“I’m still in shock at how much his photos have been shared and commented on. In his short life of just a few minutes he has touched more lives then I ever could have imagined,” she said.
“I have gotten messages from people all around the country who have experienced a loss or were just touched by his story. I’ve even had a few people tell me that they were able to use his photos to reach out to a hurting woman who was contemplating an abortion,” she continued.
“Just because the child within can not be seen by us does not mean that it is a blob of cells. Walter was perfectly formed and very active in the womb. If he had just a few short more weeks he would have had a fighting chance at life,” she added.
Though devastated, she was “glad that some good can come out of this,” as the photos have impacted many people.
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Photo credit: F2 Photography.