In Florida, Erika and Stephen Jones found out that their unborn baby had Down syndrome at an ultrasound appointment earlier this year. However, at their 30-week ultrasound in June, they were told that their baby had an inoperable, aggressive brain tumor. The couple refused abortion, waited for Erika to go into labor and on August 6th, she had an emergency caesarean section and welcomed Abigail Noelle Jones into their family.
The Daily Mail reports that the couple is heartbroken over their daughter’s tumor but plan on enjoying every minute they have with their baby. An MRI of Abigail’s brain confirmed that her tumor is cancerous and cannot be removed. To make matters worse, Abigail can’t receive chemotherapy treatment because she is too young.
Erika and Stephen wrote on their blog that their daughter is expected to die soon, which is why they have decided to bring her home. They explained, “The neurosurgeon recommended that we take Abigail home and cover her with love. And that is exactly what they have been doing over the past three weeks. We have smothered this little one with love and kisses and will continue to do so every moment we get.”
Additionally, they asked their photographer friend, Mary Huszcza, to take pictures of Abigail with their family. Huszcza founded 8.08 Photography and captured stunning photos of Abigail with her older sister and parents. Remarkably, Abigail is doing better than her parent’s expected. They said, “She is moving, nursing, squawking, sticking out her tongue, opening her eyes, holding our fingers, and doing all things a baby does. She has blown us away and surpassed every expectation.”
The couple continued, “We don’t want to lose our daughter. We want to see her laugh, dance, fight with her sister, ride a bike, go to school…we want to see her life. But most likely, her whole life will be weeks or months, not years. Our hearts are broken and ache for the time that we don’t have.”
In the pictures, Abigail is resting on her bed with her family or looking up at her parents. Although Ericka and Stephen are devastating that their daughter is terminally ill, they are looking to God to help them through this difficult time. They concluded, “He [God] will heal Abigail, in our arms on this earth or the moment she breaths her last breath and is embraced by her Heavenly Father.”
Look at the breathtaking photos of Abigail with her family below: