Alfonso and Susi could have chosen abortion when doctors told them that their son had a fatal heart disease.
Many families are urged to abort “imperfect” unborn babies, supposedly to prevent them from suffering. But the Spanish couple knew that their son’s life was valuable, no matter how short it would be, and killing is not the answer to suffering.
Aleteia reports the Catholic family cherished the two short days that they had with baby Ismael outside the womb. He was born on Dec. 8 and baptized before he died in his mother’s arms.
The Catholic site also published an emotional letter that Susi wrote to her son after his death.
“I have been so fortunate to be able to carry you in my womb for seven months, to suffer with you and for you, to pray to God that I might not have to say goodbye to you,” she wrote. “I have loved you from the beginning, not concerned about what you might be like, but accompanying you despite knowing how much the loss of you would hurt me.
She described the deep anguish that their family felt when Ismael died, but she said she would go through it all over again.
“… the pain and emptiness of my heart is immense. But I would willingly live through this all over again to know you, to love you, to hope against all hope, and cradle you in my arms and bathe your little face with my tears,” she continued.
One of Susi’s most cherished memories was the moment her son opened his eyes and looked at her.
“When I took you in my arms, you opened your little eyes to look at me, and you showed me that all we went through was worth it!” she wrote.
“My greatest consolation is knowing that one day I will be with you again, and that time it will be forever,” she concluded. “I love you, my dear son, soul of my soul. How much fruit your short life has given, my love! I give thanks to God for choosing me to carry you, this Angel, in my womb.”