Mother shares picture of 11-week-old stillborn baby, ‘my sweet little missionary’
MIDLOTHIAN, TX, August 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In January, Tiffany Burns experienced a pain that could drive the strongest woman, or man, into despression. At 11 weeks into her pregnancy, the expectant mother lost her baby. But she has chosen to use his death to proclaim the reality of life, posting a Facebook picture of baby Ezekiel that is going viral.
“This is my hand, holding my sweet baby, Ezekiel,” she wrote on the July 29 message accompanying the photograph of the tiny baby nestled in her left palm.
“I delivered him on January 20, 2016,” she wrote.
Although “his heart stopped at 11 weeks, 2 days,” she wanted readers to have no doubt that “he had a heartbeat - such a sweet sound.”
“He had life!” she wrote triumphantly. “He was not a blob. He was not just a clump of cells.”
She pronounced her child “perfect,” from “his sweet fingers” to his toes.
Although he did not survive the first trimester, Tiffany is certain that Ezekiel's life was endowed with purpose. “He lived to show others life!” she wrote.” He's my sweet little missionary!”
In response, several Facebook users shared their personal stories of loss and healing. Others said the image helped crystalize the value and humanity of the unborn.
“Working to save premature babies deemed unviable or a burden in Africa, [I] am inspired and encouraged by your love for your little missionary Ezekiel to fight harder for mamas told their babies aren't worth fighting for he matters and has a testimony,” wrote one.
Two photographs of her unborn baby, along with the announcement of her miscarriage, were originally posted on her account in late January.
The July 29 post sharing her story and Ezekiel's photograph already has 3,000 likes and more than 3,900 shares on Facebook as of this writing.
Burns is the latest of a string of grieving parents to share the sorrow of their loss, and the value of the life they once held, in hopes of influencing the public on social media. Others have posted pictures of children ranging from seven weeks to 17 weeks and up.
“We share our pictures so all can see a perfectly formed human,” wrote Ester Garcia, who miscarried her 16-week-old baby in 2015. “Our society needs to be aware that businesses like Planned Parenthood are lying to parents by telling them their babies are just tissue, not showing them there is a beating heart and a baby who deserves a chance at life. This clearly confirmed to us that our pro-life ministry work is needed and crucial to save our brothers and sisters from being executed at the hands of abortionists who are in a money-making business.”