Briefly in our arms...Forever in our hearts
Hannah Jo was born on April 4, 1996 to proud parents David and Susan and excited brothers, Benjamin and Nathan. She weighed 4 1/2 lbs and was 17 1/2" long. These were our first clues that all was not well. She was full term. Nurses quickly recognized signs of a genetic disorder, Trisomy 18 and this was confirmed a few days later through a simple blood test.
She could not suck or maintain her body temperature. She suffered from apnea spells and had a 1 cm hole between the lower two chambers of her heart. We were told Hannah would not live to celebrate her first birthday. We knew immediately we wanted Hannah to know only peace and comfort. With the love and support of many wonderful people, we were able to bring Hannah home when she was just two days old. She was surrounded by family and friends who miss her terribly.
She died peacefully in her sleep early in the morning on April 11. Her struggle was brief, but ours seems endless. To our precious Hannah Jo, we thank you for the gift of your life. We continue to learn many things from you and hope to make you proud of us someday. Please forgive us for wanting you here, instead of where you are now. We know you are happy and healthy. We just miss you so very much.
With our love,
Momma, Daddy, Benjamin and Nathan
--David and Susan Williams
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