"My husband and I have 3 beautiful children and for so long, we believed our family unit was complete. And suddenly...surprise! In January of this year, we found out we were expecting number 4.
We had an uneventful pregnancy until the 20 week anatomy ultrasound. Seemingly, everything was fine but while driving home, I received a call from the resident who worked alongside our primary doctor. She said we should expect a phone call within the next half hour. That phone call would shatter our world.
Our doctor informed me that our son suffered from anencephaly. Anencephaly is a neural tube defect. Ultimately, the top of the skull does not form. Babies with this condition die either in utero, during birth or very shortly after birth.
Waylon Knox was born sleeping on May 19, 2020 at just 21 weeks gestation. We were able to meet him and make memories. He was perfect!
NFTS has been a place where I as a grieving mother, have found peace and hope from hearing other moms share similar stories. We stand firmly behind NFTS and their mission to provide bereavement suites for families who won't be bringing their babies home.
The room where I delivered Waylon didn't have a tub to labor in. The bed wasn't large enough for my husband and I to share and mourn our son together that night. And the worst part...was hearing the beautiful cries of other new healthy newborn babies. Please consider donating to help other families have a peaceful and safe place to deliver their babies and to make their final memories with them."
Emily and Derrick Carroll
IN HONOR AND CELEBRATION OF WAYLON, DONATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE. ON BEHALF OF THE CARROLL FAMILY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT.