This has got to be one of the most heart-breaking stories I have heard in a long, long time. It is one that actually had me weeping after seeing the video. It’s a story of God’s grace and of gratefulness for how good the majority of us have it in this life.
Jeannie Blaylock of First Coast News in Florida reported this story of a baby girl born without a face.
Here are some excerpts from the story…
When most parents have a baby, they spend months dreaming about what their bundle of joy will look like. Will she look like mom? Will he have dad’s eyes? But for one local Navy family, the birth of their daughter didn’t give them the answers to those questions. Their daughter was born without a face.
Little Juliana is missing 30 – 40 percent of the bones in her face.
“She has no upper jaw, no cheek bones, no eye sockets, and she’s missing the corner of her ear,” explains Tom.
Her birth defect is called Treacher Collins Syndrome. Doctors say it’s the worst case they’ve ever seen.
Juliana has to eat through her stomach, and she has a trach to breathe. Already, less than two years into her life, she’s had 14 surgeries. Doctors say she could need at least 30 more.
“God never gives you more than you can handle. I figure she has a lot to show everyone… to show the world,” says Tom.
The end of the article tells how you can get involved if you want to help the Wetmores. It’s a sad story, but it is also a testimony to how God can carry anyone through anything. Kudos to Tom and Tammy for giving Juliana the chance to live, and for loving her in spite of the incredible difficulties.