Mom shares story after losing infant in 2013
For some, October 15 is just another day. But for Shawna Kester, it is one of the most important days of the year.
"Most people don't know what October 15th is until they've lost a child," Kester said.
October 15th is considered International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It honors any child lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth or any other cause. Kester knows the magnitude of what that means all too well.
"It was extremely hard," she said.
In 2013 she and her husband were expecting a baby girl but a trip to the doctor after 16 weeks brought difficult news: Their unborn child had a rare and fatal congenital disorder.
"We found out that she had no fluid, for her the condition is Potter Syndrome." Kester said.
After consulting doctors in Baltimore and East Tennessee, the Kesters realized there was nothing more they could do. On December 20, 2013 Sophia Ann Kester was born. She survived long enough for the couple to hold her until she passed.
"She lived an hour and 35 minutes," Kester said.
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