Fair Warning: This post has absolutely zilch to do with real estate — hence the category “off topic”.
This has got to be one of the most heart-breaking stories I’ve encountered in a long, long time. Quite honestly it made me weep.
But even more importantly (and the reason I’m sharing it) it’s a story of God’s indelible grace, the ability to see immense blessing right smack in the middle of tragedy, and of gratefulness for how truly good most of us have it in this life.
Jeannie Blaylock of First Coast News (in Florida) first broke this story of a baby girl born without a face. I’ve looked for updates and the most recent thing I can find is 2006. If anyone knows anything more recent about this little girl, please let us know.
Some key excerpts from the story…
When most parents have a baby, they spend months dreaming about what their bundle of joy will look like. Will she look like mom? Will he have dad’s eyes? But for one local Navy family, the birth of their daughter didn’t give them the answers to those questions. Their daughter was born without a face. Little Juliana is missing 30 – 40 percent of the bones in her face.
“She has no upper jaw, no cheek bones, no eye sockets, and she’s missing the corner of her ear,” explains Tom.
Her birth defect is called Treacher Collins Syndrome. Doctors say it’s the worst case they’ve ever seen.
Juliana has to eat through her stomach, and she has a trach to breathe. Already, less than two years into her life, she’s had 14 surgeries. Doctors say she could need at least 30 more.
“God never gives you more than you can handle. I figure she has a lot to show everyone… to show the world,” says Tom.
The end of the article tells how you can get involved if you want to help the Wetmores. It’s a sad story, but it is also a testimony to how God can carry anyone through anything, and about what is truly important in life. Huge kudos to this couple for giving Juliana the chance to live, and for loving her in spite of the incredible difficulties.