A young family in Australia began to see some light in the midst of tragedy.
Thirty year old Alexis Fretz lost her baby to miscarriage at 19 weeks last April. Baby Walter Fretz was born at just 19 weeks after conception. He lived only minutes after birth until his tragic passing hurt the new family deeply.
But in the tragedy, Alexis chose to hold up her story as an inspiration to others. She posted photos of her beloved child on the internet as a testimony to the impact that a life, even a very short life, can have.
Now, Viral Vita carries the story that the Fretz family’s openness has been a light to people around the world.
An Australian news source commenting on the story warned that the story would disturb some, but encourage others at a time when one in five Australian women miscarriage.
Alexis said for night of the tragedy: “I knew that I was at the end. I didn’t give up hope, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that I was losing my baby.
“At some point the PA came in and said ‘your fetus is still viable.’ I seriously wanted to slap her. When the doctor checked me and sat down beside me on the bed and told me that we were going to be delivering our baby, it was the first that anyone had called him a baby.
“I immediately started bawling and asking if there was any other option. I was fully dilated and my water was bulging, so there was no other option at this point.
“Walter was breech, so we were waiting on my water to break on its own and let nature progress at its own pace. I don’t remember what time I started pushing, but I was not feeling the contractions anymore after my water broke, so I did have to push several times to get his tiny body out.
“He was born at 9:42pm and was handed up to me as soon as his cord was clamped. I was crying so hard at this point, but he was perfect. He was fully formed and everything was there. I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest. Joshua and I both held him and cried over him and looked over our perfect, tiny son.”
Her photos of young Walter and her story of the impact of his life testify to the value of each person. One small person has left a tragic, gaping hole in a family. But that same person also encouraged millions to see the value of the people around them.