Internet Helps Single Dad Recover A Lullaby From His Dead Wife.
People who have lost a loved one often talk about wishing to hear that person’s voice, if only for a minute. An old voicemail, home video, or recording gets played over and over again. To feel the person’s presence and remember the tone of their voice, laughter, and even singing brings a moment of comfort in the midst of tragedy.
Jared Buhanan-Decker and his wife Sharry were expecting their son together this year. Unexpectedly, Sharry died during childbirth. He watched the videos she posted of herself singing and playing the guitar on YouTube but he recently found new recordings.
The only problem was that Jared did not recognize the format they were recorded in. The grieving husband took to Reddit to ask for help. “I just want to be able to hear her voice again,” he pleaded. He had no idea he was going to get the response he did in just a couple of hours.
This summer Jared told Reddit users he had an odd request to make.
When Jared asked for help converting the files, strangers around the world stepped up to lend their skill and knowledge.
Doctors believe Sharry died from amniotic fluid embolism. Their son JJ was born through an emergency C-section.
Initially, doctors gave JJ a grim prognosis. "At first JJ’s ‘worst case scenarios’ included blindness, never walking, never feeding himself, cerebral palsy, severe learning disabilities and [overall] short life," Jared told the Huffington Post.
JJ is thriving and defying the odds.
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