Where the Talk Meets the Walk
About a week ago, I became aware of a young couple named Tricia and Nathan. Tricia has Cystic Fibrosis and her health has deteriorated steadily over the past months. She was in the preliminary stages of preparation for a double lung transplant when they discovered that they were expecting a baby.
With CF, carrying a pregnancy at all is very risky. With Tricia's strained lung function, it would be worse. Despite putting her own life in great danger, they made the decision to carry the baby as long as she possibly could. I really wonder if I, faced with the same decision, could have had the courage to do what she did. I consider myself staunchly pro-life, yet I am in awe of her faith. When it came down to it, she was willing to lay down her own life for her child.
A few days ago, while at Duke University Hospital under 24 hour care, Tricia's health took a sharp turn and she needed to be put on a ventilator. They were hoping to buy the baby a few more days, but instead, she needed an emergency C-section yesterday. Baby Gwyneth Rose entered the world weighing only 1 lb 6 oz. At just 24 weeks, she is at the extreme end of being able to survive outside the womb.
Tricia is gravely ill, struggling for her very life. She is still unaware that her baby was delivered. Gwyneth is stable and doing well considering her size. Nathan has two very sick girls now.
Nathan has asked that we post their story. Would you please pray for them?