This is too beautiful to not be shared!
A photograph of one baby in the United Stated is going viral for some pretty extra-special reasons. London, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill’s new-born daughter, was photographed with all the needles that were used through the seven rounds of IVF that were needed to help conceive her. It took four years, with three miscarriages and 1616 IVF shots.
Having a baby is not always easy. The new mothers said they wanted the process to mean something special and that’s why had been saving all the needles. “Kimberly decided as soon as I started shots that she would save the needles and that we would do a photo at the end of our journey,” Patricia told BuzzFeed. “I never anticipated there would be so many needles.”
London was born on August 3 and the photo was taken when she was a week old.
While some Facebook commenters shared their concerns over having the baby surrounded by needles, Patricia said each syringe was capped and had a plastic shield around it to protect everyone, including the tightly-swaddled London, from the needles.
“Being only a week old, she did not have the strength nor coordination to get out of the swaddle,” Patricia said.
This is the first time I have been asked to do a photo like this! I was honored and wanted to create something…
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“We were right next to her the entire time and she was a good distance from them, although it doesn’t appear so in the photo.”
Samantha Packer, from the Packer Family Photography, did the photoshoot and wrote on Facebook that it was the first time she’d been asked “to do something like this”.
‘”I was honoured and wanted to create something special!” she wrote.
The photograph of baby London has gone viral since Packer shared the photo on her Facebook page. “We want it to bring hope for women that are hopeless in this journey and a voice for women that are afraid to speak of it,” Patricia said.
“We both were amazed and teared up when we saw the set-up, she added. “We were overwhelmed with joy looking at the miraculous completion of our journey in the photo.”
Patricia hopes that the photograph will encourage families trying for children and hopeful mothers to “cry when they need to, laugh when they can. Sometimes, it’s hard enough to even smile, let alone laugh, but you need to find an outlet.” “It’s really easy to let this journey overcome your life, but you can’t let it. Find someone to talk to that’s been through it. There is strength in that.”