These striking baby photos hold a powerful message
Abigail Noelle Jones has already defied the odds.
The newborn who was welcomed to the world on August 6th was diagnosed with both down syndrome and brain cancer before she was even born. Her mom, Erika Jones, was told during her pregnancy by doctors that it was highly likely her baby girl would be born alive.
Abigail appeared to look healthy all throughout her initial ultrasounds. But at her 18-week ultrasound, Erika and her husband were told that their unborn daughter was showing signs for Down Syndrome. As Erika explains in a blog post, the diagnosis was a hurdle, but her family quickly adapted and was soon "excited and honored to have a child with special needs."
However, the Jones family was shocked when doctors took another look at Erika's 30-week ultrasound and found a large brain tumor that was rapidly growing.
Erika told ABC News that the cancer "literally came out of nowhere" and that the images revealed a massive portion of her brain was directly affected.
While all signs pointed to bad news, Erika claims that her and her family vowed to make the most of Abigail's small window of life.
With that motto in mind, the Jones asked professional photographer Mary Huszcza to document the family's time with their beloved baby girl. "We have smothered this little one with love and kisses and will continue to do so every moment we get" Erika claims.
Abigail's tumor is inoperable and doctors believe that chemotherapy could kill the newborn.
The Jones know that death may be close for their daughter, but remain to hold out hope for another miracle.
"We know this is tragic, but Abigail's life has a purpose."