Heartbreaking Photo Shoot Captures Newborn Twin’s Last Moments Together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, congenital heart defects affect approximately 1 per cent or about 40,000 births per year in the United States. Survival of CHD depends on the severity, diagnosis, and treatment.
It took Lyndsay and Matthew Brentlinger years to make their dreams come true of becoming parents. The couple's wishes seem to finally turn into reality when they found out they were expecting twins. Unfortunately, the happy news was short-lived. Doctors told the Brentlingers that their son had a heart defect and would be stillborn.
"It was one of the worst days of my life when we found out that we would lose our son with months still left in my pregnancy, but because of that time we were able to prepare ourselves," Lyndsay says. "My husband and I both have a strong faith in God and through prayer, felt His love, peace, and support."
The family from Toledo, Ohio, welcomed William and Reagan into the world on December 17, 2016.
William survived birth but only half of his heart was working. The family knew they didn't have a lot of time left with him.
William was allowed to go home with his sister with the help of hospice care.
A friend of the Brentlingers made the suggestion of a photoshoot. She contacted a local photographer she followed on Facebook, Lindsey Brown, for her services. Initially, Brown declined as she was fully booked, turning clients away.
When she heard William's story, she rearranged her schedule. "Normally, I photograph the newborns in my studio,” Brown said. “I was asked to go to their home due to baby William being under hospice care, which was completely understandable. We rushed to do the session as soon as possible, because nobody knew when sweet Will would pass," Brown says.
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