All was well with our pregnancy, until it wasn’t.
At our 21 week appointment during the anatomy scan for our second child, we found out that our baby had died. This caught us completely by surprise.
We elected to have a surgery due to some predicted complications. Ali’s body went into a critical condition from bleeding during the procedure.
After that time, we were able to run genetic testing where we learned that Maizie had Turner’s syndrome. 98% to 99% of girls with this diagnosis are stillborn or miscarried.
Our future pregnancies brought along with them a lot of fear and anxiety, both for the baby and for Ali’s body. We are so thankful to now be raising four children.
PAYING IT FORWARD
We were good friends with Daniel and Kelly Crawford for years. We walked alongside them as they carried, delivered, and buried their son Abel.
Less than a year later, they were some of the first people to show up to our hospital room as we grieved the loss of our baby and as doctors continued to fight to protect Ali. Their empathy and shared faith encouraged us tremendously in the days ahead.
In 2018, they announced the start of the organization Abel Speaks to do exactly what they had done for us. They walk alongside and equip others to walk alongside families who are carrying a baby with a life limiting diagnosis.
They have continued to honor and celebrate Maizie’s life and impact. We have been blessed by them and have been incredibly thankful that other families have a place to turn as they are walking through a hard season.
By faith, Maizie still speaks!
-Ali & JR Smith