Joy-Anna Duggar Shares Her Devastating Pregnancy Loss at 20 Weeks

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth
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Our hearts are absolutely broken for Joy-Anna (Duggar) and her husband Austin Forsyth. She shared on Instagram tonight that her daughter was stillborn a week ago. It was the couple's second child, and they learned she didn't have a heartbeat at their 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal.

  • Joy and Austin shared this heartbreaking black-and-white photo taken in their hospital room.

    They wrote, "Today marks one week since we heard these words ... 'So this is your baby's heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don't hear a heartbeat or see any movement.' We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl."

    She continued, "Although we don't understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, 'I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me" (2 Sam 12:23). We don't grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again."

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  • They also shared their daughter's name.

    In their Instagram post, they wrote, "We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means 'God has favored me,' and Elise means 'God satisfies.' What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus."

    They asked followers, "Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well," and added a prayer from poet Fanny Crosby:

    All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside?
    Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide?
    Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
    For I know, whate'er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well,
    For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

  • It wasn't long before Jessa's family raced to the comments section to comfort her. 

  • And her best friend Carlin Bates was right there, too, of course.

    It was only a few weeks ago that Joy was showing off her beautiful baby bump at Carlin's wedding. We are devastated that this little girl's life has been cut so short, and our thoughts and prayers are with Joy, Austin, and 16-month-old Gideon right now.

    We are so sorry for you loss.