99 Balloons

Their son was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 two months prior to his birth. It was expected that he would either die before, during, or soon after birth. His family chose to embrace every moment they had with him, no matter how long or how short.

From the “info” section on YouTube:

Downloads and DVDs are available at http://www.ignitermedia.com.

Eliot was born with an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information into each and every cell of his body. However, that could not stop the living God from proclaiming Himself through this boy who never uttered a word.

Check out http://www.ninetynineballoons.com for more information about Eliot.

You may need tissues.

2 Responses

  1. I saw this when I was pregnant with my last baby. She had a 1 in 53 chance of having trisomy 18 based on blood tests, but it was just a screen result not a diagnosis. I didn’t do amnio, so I didn’t know for sure until she was born that she was perfectly normal (except for very bad eyes…she has had eye surgery and glasses…otherwise no other issues and certainly not a trisomy of any kind). I did write them on their blog, both responded. Lovely couple, and amazing. So many people abort these babies, and other babies with any kind of deformity. I just am glad they chose to let their child live as long as he could, and they could meet him and celebrate the days he was given. I know friends who just couldn’t decide to do that when their little one was ill but growing inside.

  2. I saw this when Caleb was a new baby and it KILLED me. They are such amazing faithful people. It’s very inspiring and very sad. She is pregnant with her 3rd baby right now and has just been allowed off bed rest at 36 weeks. GOOD LUCK!

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