A mother’s courageous response to a fatal fetal diagnosis: “Doing the best for John-Paul while we had him”

By Dave Andrusko Perhaps it is because the pro-abortion Irish Times’ conscience was bothering it for its wildly unfair coverage leading up to the referendum that gutted Ireland’s protective 8th Amendment. (The story appeared just before the referendum.) Or maybe they thought they’d throw a bone to what remains of their pro-life readership. Whatever the …

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“BOTH our babies are beautiful, precious human beings”: A beautiful response to devastating news

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Australian football [soccer] star Gary Rohan and his wife Amie have spoken out about their reaction when they found out that one of their unborn twins has anencephaly, and is not expected to survive after birth. The Sydney Swans star announced their pregnancy on Instagram, sharing …

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“She’s still our third child and she’s still very much loved”

Couple will carry unborn baby with anencephaly to term By Dave Andrusko When Brandi and Michael Rogers learned their unborn daughter Emersyn, had been diagnosed with anencephaly, a devastating brain condition, the couple from Effingham, South Carolina, could have done what most couples do when they learn their child would be fortunate to live until …

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He lived for four hours after birth – but had a million followers on Facebook

Shane Haley’s parents speak in Dublin Although he lived outside the womb for just four hours, baby Shane Haley gained almost one million followers on Facebook and garnered the attention of the world’s media due the innovative “bucket list” of fun activities or significant locations his parents took him to while he was still in …

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“He’s no burden, he’s our baby boy”

A little boy born without most of his brain defies the odds. By Carolyn Moynihan Baby photos are always a winner on Facebook, but there is one infant whose pictures are melting the hearts of hundreds of thousands as his story spreads through the social networking site and mainstream media. On the Jaxon Strong Facebook …

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Couple enjoying every moment possible with their daughter with Anencephaly

By Nancy Flanders At their 20 week ultrasound, Kourtney Coleman and Jerry Siano were ready to find out if they were having a baby boy or girl. But within that same exciting moment of discovering they are having a daughter, the couple also learned their daughter has Anencephaly, a neural tube defect in which the …

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Remembering Grayson, anencephalic baby banned from Facebook whose short life impacted so many

Editor’s note. This appeared at the Saynsumthn blog and is reprinted with permission. In 2012, KCTV reported that a new mother was been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son. Grayson James Walker was born on February 15, 2012. He was born with anencephaly, a rare neural tube birth defect in which a …

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Father of son with anencephaly talks about gratitude for life

  By Nancy Flanders Dominic and Emily Balli were excited to find out they were expecting baby number four in January 2015. But at a routine ultrasound, they found out that their son had anencephaly, a condition in which the skull and brain do not develop properly. Most children born with anencephaly live outside of the …

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Baby Angela defies odds, turns 6 months old

  By Jessica A. Botelho, Staff Reporter, Rhode Island Catholic Editor’s note. This story, which ran in September, was the second most read post of 2014. PROVIDENCE — Baby Angela smiles as a visitor tickles her feet. She wiggles and coos, moving her head from side to side. “She’s doing great,” Angela’s mother, Sonia Morales, …

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Baby Angela continues to defy odds: turns eight months!

  By Dave Andrusko Back in September we reprinted a lovely story by Jessica A. Botelho, a staff reporter for the Rhode Island Catholic, “Baby Angela defies odds, turns 6 months old.” The “odds” that Angela defined were and are imposing: almost all babies born with anencephaly die within a few hours or weeks. Doctors …

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Facebook page—“Prayers for Shane”—hacked but company returns control to Jenna and Dan after several painful hours

  By Dave Andrusko What could possibly motivate someone—anyone?—to hack a Facebook account established for a baby who had just died a few hours after birth and insert sexually explicit pictures? Whomever that demented soul is, the site–Prayers for Shane–was thankfully restored after a few hours, thanks to Facebook and NBC 10 in Philadelphia which …

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Couple celebrates brief life of baby born with anencephaly, gave him a lifetime of memories –his “bucket list”–before he was born

  By Dave Andrusko Okay, before you read this, please make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby. The story of Jenna Gassew and Dan Healy and their son Shane Michael will make you cry but it will also make you marvel that a couple this young could be so wise beyond their years. …

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