Terminally ill grandmother sees ultrasound in which she learns her grandchild is a girl

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran August 16.

There are a gazillion Facebook videos but I’d wager few are as precious as this.

Just three days before she died, Donna Callender lay in bed next to her daughter Taylor Masilotti as the doctor operates an ultrasound machine. The doctor tenderly asks, “Are you ready? You have a daughter.”

“No way,” Callender says, and, momentarily, “Oh, wow. Look at it move.” Before you know it the doctor is patiently pointing out to both women the baby girl’s features– hands, eyes, the umbilical cord, and the like.

Taylor Masilotti and her mother Donna Callender watching Taylor's ultrasound.

Taylor Masilotti and her mother Donna Callender watching Taylor’s ultrasound.

Mother and grandmother exchange looks that you have to see to understand. In a story filed by the Daily Mail, we read

‘Wednesday afternoon was one of my forever favorite memories I got to share with my mom,’ Taylor wrote on Facebook.

‘I got to lay next to her, hold her hand and cry happy tears while we found out the gender of the baby.

‘I can’t thank the hospital enough for allowing this to happen. For allowing me to create my last memory with my mom! ’

Callender, who had stage 4 brain and lung cancer, was too weak to attend her daughter’s 20-week ultrasound scan. So her daughter , who lives in Westminster, Colorado, had the ultrasound brought to her.

In the You Tube video, which has had more than 2.4 million views, the doctor tells mother and grandmother that the unborn baby girl is moving her mouth–that she is “smiling” at them.

Take less than five minutes out and be sure to watch this terrific ultrasound.