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Couples Share their Experience of Losing a Child

October 15, 2017 10:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- On this Infant Loss Awareness Day, ABC 6 News talked to local couples as they share their painful experiences of losing their children.

High school sweethearts Kate and Michael Jordal always knew they wanted to be parents.

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“Our first date was the homecoming dance of my junior year, her sophomore year,” Michael recalled.

After years of struggling, in 2011 Kate became pregnant with their first child, Kimberly.

“It was going pretty well up until our ultrasound at 20 weeks,” Kate said.

It was then the Jordals learned that while Kimberly was healthy, there were complications that led to her being born prematurely.

“Since she was only 20 weeks and 2 days along, she only lived for 24 minutes and passed away after that,” Kate said.

After losing Kimberly, the Jordals tried to have another child, and eventually welcomed their son Griffin. The couple also has another boy on the way.

But the story of loss isn’t unique to the Jordals—fellow Austin residents Nathan and Sara Wradislavsky lost their daughter Payton just days after her birth.

Payton was diagnosed with trisomy-18, a chromosomal condition that can cause a wide variety of abnormalities. Only about 10 percent of babies with the condition live past their first birthday.

“Her difficulties they had anticipated weren't as great as they thought, but she did have some other challenges when she was born, and she was with us for about four and a half days,” Nathan said.

Payton was the couple’s third child, and they went on to have another boy after losing her. But they’re quick to point out that while he fills their hearts with love, no one can replace Payton.

“Without him, I don't know that we would be as strong as we are,” Sara said.

Both couples are sharing their stories of loss now to mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in the hope of helping others in similar situations, as well as to keep their daughters’ memories alive.

“Even though [Kimberly’s] life was so short, she completely changed our lives, and we want her life to still be meaningful,” Kate said.

 


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