Survivor baby sees snow for first time
This photo of Clara Ray taken by her mother Johanna Morton of New York is nothing short of miraculous. Clara Ray is watching snow fall for the first time, something Johanna never thought she'd see.
On December 23, 2015, Johanna was 12 weeks along in her pregnancy and feeling fine, but then doctors told her that something was wrong with her baby's heart. Whatever it was, it was serious. "She's probably going to be stillborn," the doctors said.
Johanna decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. The baby's heart was slowing down every day, according to the doctors. They didn't expect her to survive long.
It turned out Clara Ray's heart had a unique defect. The top children's hospital in New York hadn't seen anything like it. Johanna recalls, "It was up to her to fight. The only thing we could do was pray. We continued to celebrate our baby's life, no matter what the odds were against her. We had a reveal party, a baby shower, and even made up a beautiful nursery."
That Christmas Johanna dreamed of her baby watching the all the lights twinkle, the snow fall, and she kept singing to her, "All I Want for Christmas is You.“
The baby was still alive when the day finally arrived: on June 14th, Johanna gave birth to Clara Ray via C-section. Her parents finally met their daughter. Just six days later, the newborn had her first open heart surgery.
On June 21st, her family was allowed to take their little girl home. There have been five hospital stays since then and a few more diagnoses, but this baby has proved to be a fighter — and something of a miracle!
This year will be a very special Christmas: one year ago, these parents thought their daughter wouldn't survive. Today, Johanna can take photos of her little one watching snowflakes fall for the first time. "This is her seeing her first snow fall. She absolutely loved it. I can't explain the emotions we felt, as we watched that smile come across her face," posted Johanna.
What a beautiful moment to share with your child. Christmas is a perfect time to be as grateful as the Mortons are for the ones we love!