Mother captures special moment with 'miracle' baby who survived against the odds
Published 24/11/2016 | 15:43
A joyful mother has captured the heartwarming moment her ‘miracle’ baby saw snow for the first time.
Johanna Morton, from New York, was told in December 2015 that her unborn baby had little chance of surviving the birth after a heart defect was detected by doctors.
“I went in for an ultrasound and what we thought was going to be a day filled with happy tears and laughter, that day did not turn out as planned,” she explained in a post shared and liked by more than 100,000 people on the Love What Matters Facebook page.
“I was 12 weeks gestation when we were told something was wrong with my baby's heart. I was told, 'She will not survive. You will miscarry.'
“I left the office in tears and heartbroken. My baby fought her way to 18 weeks as her heart beat slower and slower. With each new appointment seemed to come another diagnosis, another heartbreak and a waterfall of tears.”
She added: “It was up to her to fight. The only thing we could do... was pray.”
Clara Ray was born against the odds on June 14 and had open heart surgery when she was just six days old.
She has been diagnosed with heart block, a condition which disrupts the electrical pulses that control the heart rate, causing it to beat more slowly, according to the NHS.
“She is a miracle,” her mother added.
“This is her seeing her first snow fall. She absolutely loved it.
“I can't explain the emotions we felt, as we watched that smile come across her face. Pure. Joy.”
You can follow her journey on the Prayers for Clara Ray Facebook page.
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