Michael Osborne was alive for 14 weeks in his mother’s womb when he died on March 1, 2019.
WARNING: This article shows the body of a miscarried baby.
In their time of grief, Baby Mike’s parents testified to the beauty of life, discussing the humanity and impact that Mike has had—and will continue to have—on their family’s lives.
Joy Osborne, Baby Mike’s mother, wrote an eloquent letter to her miscarried son and recently posted it, along with photos of him, on Facebook. She explained that she had gone to the doctor on March 1 for a brief, routine checkup. It was then that she received the news that Mike’s heart was not beating anymore.
Osborne and her husband then went to the hospital for a more in-depth ultrasound that confirmed their loss. “’This is baby’s head, this is baby’s body—but sadly, there is no heartbeat for baby and there hasn’t been for probably at least a few days.’ I graciously smiled and acknowledged that it was obvious to me as well. No movement on the screen. No explanation needed or given,” she wrote.
The next day, Osborne returned to the hospital to deliver her child. At 3:02 p.m., she delivered her child and observed some amazing things about him:
You (a baby boy!) came out of my womb and you were “fully formed”. In miniature, developing detail, your body was all there (hands, legs, feet, toes, fingers, ears, nose holes, mouth, lips, big eye sockets, collar bone, ribs, and many more seen and unseen parts. “You were skillfully wrought” and we couldn’t stop marveling at the craftsmanship of such a tiny human. Measuring in at 3.5 inches long, we witnessed humanity. We saw a person. We saw life. YOU testified of your Creator and so did we. The nurses agreed and marveled as well.
Osborne marveled at the blessing of Baby Mike’s life. In her letter, she turned to Scripture for comfort and consolation, sharing that Mike was “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and that his life had purpose:
The medical decision is that your life stopped just shy of 14 weeks. These were “the days that were written in God’s plan for you” and while we are sad to say good-bye, we have been blessed by your life. You have been a tiny teacher and God has used you mightily.
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The mom also explained in her letter how her two older sons, Jason and Nick, helped name Baby Mike. She elaborated on how Mike’s life has testified to the wonder and awe found in the life that His Creator had given him:
The name ‘Michael’ means “Who is like God?” I am reminded of Isaiah 40 which I had been reading all week long (prior to your delivery, not knowing what the future held) so thankfully, I knew/know the answer and could/can confidently proclaim, “No one is like God. No one else holds the seas. No one else counts the stars. No one else reduces rulers. No one else can be compared to Him. No one else is never tired. No one else creates life in the mother’s womb. No one else sustains life outside of the womb. He is the one who died for sins, He is the ultimate Counselor and (thankfully) He is Sovereign over all.”
Today, we will go home without you in our arms but you will not be forgotten. Your silent voice screamed loudly yesterday. It screamed over and over and over—–“No one is like your God, Mommy! No one is like your God, Daddy! No one can do what He does. He formed me, He will sustain you and He is the God who cares.”
So, we love you, “Baby Mike.” Your life mattered and you lived it well. We will see you again.
Mom and Dad
(Jason, Nick, Kylie and Lincoln)
At the end of the letter, Osborne shared some images of Baby Mike. Even though he lived just 14 weeks, the photos clearly show just how human and just how loved he is.
By 14 weeks, an unborn child’s heart is beating and brain is functioning. Their reproductive organs are developing, and their kidneys are producing urine. Ultrasounds show them hiccoughing, yawning and sucking their thumbs.
Despite this, the abortion industry often tries to hide these facts from women. Even though large pro-abortion groups may try to minimize and diminish the value of lives in the womb, pro-lifers must continue to celebrate and acknowledge the humanity of the unborn. It is heartfelt, profound posts like Osborne’s letter to her child that demonstrate that the lives of the unborn matter. Lives like Baby Mike’s hold so much meaning and value, and families should be encouraged to continue to share the stories of these children so we can remember and celebrate life.