In a beautiful yet heartbreaking Facebook video that has been viewed almost 3 million times, Taylor Masilotti and her terminally ill mother Donna Callender experience the joy of watching Taylor’s baby girl during an ultrasound. Callender died just three days later from cancer.
After two years of battling stage four brain and lung cancer, Callender had become weak and was unable to attend her daughter’s ultrasound appointment. Masilotti asked the hospital if they could do the ultrasound in her mother’s hospital room. They agreed, and it is now a memory Masilotti will treasure forever and can share with her child.
“Are your ready? You have a daughter,” says the ultrasound technician.
“No way!” replies Callender as she reaches over to pat Masilotti’s face.
The technician goes on to describe the baby saying she has “nice long legs” and pointing out her “nice big kneecaps.” She discusses the umbilical cord and points out the “future belly button.” She also points out the baby girl’s hands, belly, head, and eyes and that she is sitting with her ankles crossed.
“Watch right here,” the technician says. “See it. The smile. See that smile. This is the chin right here.”
The video was filmed on July 27 and Masilotti shared a short version of it on July 29. Callender passed away on July 30.
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“Wednesday afternoon was one of my forever favorite memories I got to share with my mom,” wrote Masilotti. “I got to lay next to her, hold her hand and cry happy tears while we found out the gender of the baby. I can’t thank the hospital enough for allowing this to happen. For allowing me to create my last memory with my mom !! I am forever grateful ! I love you so much xoxo”