Miracle Baby Lives 10 Days & All the Bittersweet Moments Are Recorded (VIDEO)

zion blickImagine telling your baby goodbye after knowing him for only 10 days. When Josh and Robbyn Blick welcomed baby Zion into the world, they knew he would have only a few short days to live. Zion was born with Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome, a genetic condition. He weighed only 4 pounds, 7 ounces. The Blicks chose to make the best out of a desperately sad situation. They documented baby Zion's 10-day life through photos and a video to share their love and joy with the world.

Josh Blick, a Christian pastor, says in the video:

I want you to know that you didn't have to be big and tall or even loud for us to notice you. You didn't have to stand in front of a pulpit or write a book to capture our attention. You just did. In fact, you did more in your 10 days on earth than I could ever hope to. This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. But I want you to know that I'm so proud of you.

Josh and Robbyn learned their son had Trisomy 18 when Robbyn was 20 weeks into her pregnancy. They chose to continue with the pregnancy. The early notice gave them time to absorb the sad news and prepare themselves for the inevitable. They had time to think about what life means and how they would say goodbye.

I think the reason why this story is touching people is because it's larger than just the story of one couple and one baby. It's about how you can love someone you've only known for a short time. It's also about turning a tragedy around into a celebration of something beautiful, a human life, even one that lasted only a few short days.

The video is over six minutes long, FYI.

Zion Isaiah Blick from Alpine Chapel on Vimeo.

Do you think you would have the emotional strength to create a memento of this kind if your child was terminally ill?


Image via Alpine Chapel/Vimeo

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Rebec... Rebecca7708

The amount of time you have with your child does not diminish your love for them. How can you even question that?

nonmember avatar Me

I won't look at the video because I don't want to cry but I don't understand how your question makes sense.

miche... micheledo

He is beautiful.

Such a precious video.  I have a friend who knew her sweet son for less then an hour . . . but that isn't entirely true either.  She knew him for nine months and an hour.  She treasured every kick and roll inside of her.  

That child was loved and protected for nine months inside his mommy and the short time he had outside.  I'm sure he knew that love.

nonmember avatar Kelly

oh my god that was beautiful. I have tears of joy for that little boy. His parents have him a chance, a chance to experience life and love. And he was one loved little boy. I feel so blessed to be able to share in that love through this video. It was overwhelming. Rest In peace little angel

Shannon Elizabeth Graham

my daughter had trisomy 18. she had multiple holes in her heart, large cysts in her brain, and her kidneys were double fed. from the moment i found out out (@24 weeks) i still loved her. its hard though knowing your child has an expiration date. if you thought this video was good you should watch 99 ballons. its absolutely beautiful.

GirlN... GirlNamedBillie

Yes, it is possible. I miscarried this last Friday at only 6 weeks and 2 days. Hardest thing I've ever gone through, even more than my husband's deployments.

Willow Castle

I lost my second child to SIDS at 12 days old and there is no difference in between the love I have for him and the love I have for the rest of my children. As weird as it is making a video like this to remember them was really helpful. We put one together with the few photo's we had since we didn't know we would lose him and we actually released 99 red balloons for a memorial for him since we had 5 other children. They thought it was really cool to send balloons up to their brother in heaven.

krist... kristiansmommy1

Yes, I think so. My son has trisomy 18 too and I love him already! I hope he lives that long too

Anoth... AnotherKim

Beautiful baby. Beautiful family. I love his name, too.

Justi... Justine1993

Crying so hard right now.

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