Friday, April 13, 2012
Of course, I just HAD to make a pendant for my very dear beautiful friend Danielle!! What kind of friend would I be if I hadn't?? I met Danielle shortly after I lost Noah and she lost Wyatt. We starting talking and became fast friends. We have even been able to actually meet in person and she and I have visited each other on and off since.
Wyatt was diagnosed in utero at 18 weeks with Thanataphoric Dysplasia which is a lethal form of dwarfism. He lived an amazing 2 minutes after his birth and I know his mom cherishes those 2 minutes more than anything. She is actually trying to fight to get Wyatt a birth certificate. Legally, he was declared stillborn but he took a breath, a few actually, and lived for 2 minutes outside the womb. That is NOT stillborn by its very definition. But in Tennessee it is stated as such: "Heartbeats shall be distinguished from transient cardiac contraction, and respirations shall be distinguished from fleeting respiratory efforts or gasps..."
Danielle is fighting to have the wording changed thusly: "Each product of such a birth is considered live born and fully recognized as a human person under Maine (change to Tennessee) Law" Hopefully, Tennessee legislation will one day change their definition of still birth.
You can read all about Wyatt and his family here: Letting Go and Letting God