One of my wife’s friend had a baby who was born prematurely. She was not expected to survive to delivery and is surprising the current medical staff that she is still alive. Quinlan’s time on this earth will be short-lived and the family has come to terms with that truth.
Yesterday my wife visited the hospital along with a photographer to capture some pictures of Quinlan. Due to her struggles with breathing that day, they were not able to take photos of her. The photographer did take a few pictures and posted them on her blog. I’ve met the mother once, have not seen Quinlan other than in pictures, but her story is powerful.
I’ve pasted what the photographer wrote on her blog, but please visit her website to read it again and the see the pictures.
Type. Delete. Type. Delete. Repeat. What can I say? Nothing that holds the meaning and truth spoken by Quinlan’s mom, Jen, whom I had the utmost pleasure meeting this afternoon.
In a couple days, I’ll have the honor of introducing you, via blog, to Quinlan Faith. Many of you know this family. I did not until I got a phone call Monday from Jen’s friend Julie. She had asked me if I would come to the NICU at Children’s to take pictures of sweet little Quinlan. I know many of you are praying and must be amazed by the daily miracles God is bestowing on this family. For those of you who don’t know, but are willing… please pray for this dear baby.
Here is what I know. I realize this is such a small portion of Quinlan’s story (and if I am incorrect on some details, please correct me). Jen shared a lot with us this afternoon, smiling through her adversity and simply rejoicing in the details of her story.
Quinlan was born at 31 weeks with Triploidy. She has 69 chromosomes versus 46. Most babies with this syndrome are naturally miscarried in the first or second trimester. Those who make it to term (or near) are usually born stillborn. Quinlan was born January 13, 2012! Monday she was taken off of her ventilator and today she was breathing beautifully while laying on her tummy. Rejoice and AGAIN I say REJOICE!
I wasn’t able to photograph Quinlan today as hoped because she had to stay inside her incubator with a cover. I am going back Thursday or Friday to visit and photograph. I cannot wait. Jen and her husband want their story shared. Quinlan is touching lives and needs anyone who knows her story to pray for her.
I did spend time with big sis, Heather, and we photographed some of the special items around Quinlan. Sidenote: Heather is one impressive 8 year old!