When parents find out they’re expecting a baby, it’s such a joyous and exciting time. As a mom of three, I know it well. But thanks to technology, these days the joys of pregnancy can be quickly dampened when a medical test reveals that a baby has been diagnosed with health problems or special needs while still in the womb. Many parents choose to have an abortion when they find out their baby will have significant health or mental problems, or will not live long after birth.
One Australian couple could have done that when they found out the baby boy they were expecting would have significant health problems that meant he would not live long after birth—if he even made it that long. There was also a high chance that he could die while still in his mother’s womb. Though they could have ended the pregnancy through abortion, they chose to embrace every minute of their child’s life while he was in the womb, and pray that they would get to meet him outside of the womb, even if just for a few moments.
They decided to name their baby Raphael, which means “God has healed.” Raphael’s dad wrote his baby a beautiful letter, which you can see and hear in the above video. In it he says, touchingly, “Even a long life is short… and a short life can be full of meaning,” and goes on to tell his baby that he’s made them “the proudest of parents. You could not have done anything more to make us happy. Super, super job, my son.”
If you can still read this through your tears, I highly recommend you watch the video above and hear dad’s entire letter to his sweet baby boy gone too soon. It is one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen in my life, and just proves once again how beautiful and meaningful EVERY life is.