At 17 weeks gestation, Miranda and her husband learned that their daughter’s heart was no longer beating. The couple was devastated by the loss, and they want their daughter’s short life to have meaning and purpose beyond their own love for her. The reached out to LifeNews to share the story of their daughter’s life, hoping her story will help women considering abortion to choose life.
During her pregnancy, Miranda developed placenta accreta, a dangerous condition in which the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. The condition is rare, and it caused her baby’s death and put Miranda’s life in jeopardy, as well.
“I delivered out daughter on Sep 11, 2016,” she told LifeNews. “I was able to spend about four hours with her tiny body, grieving her loss with my husband before things started to get bad. The doctor and I tried to deliver my placenta, but our efforts were in vain. After a 30 minute surgery turned into hours, seven units of blood and the removal of my uterus and right ovary, I was finally stabilized and life-flighted to Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida, where I continued to recover.”
The couple named the baby girl Eliana Lenee, and Miranda’s sister was on hand to take photos of the parents and baby at the hospital.
While abortion is still legal for any reason at 17 weeks gestation, Eliana was undoubtedly a human being inside her mother’s womb. Her major organs were already functioning. Her circulatory system was working. She had her own set of fingerprints, and her hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were beginning to grow.
“This experience has forever changed me and I feel that sharing my story would encourage others. I want our baby’s life to mean something,” said Miranda.
Eliana’s life means as much as any other person’s. She was her own unique person, worthy of life. And that life, despite its brevity, will change the lives of countless others, and will probably even save lives from abortion.