MIDLOTHIAN, Texas — A mother from Texas who miscarried her unborn son at 11 weeks is sharing a photo of her child as a testament to the personhood and perfection of the unborn.
Tiffany Burns of Midlothian posted the photo of her child to social media on July 29, whom she held in the palm of her hand.
“This is my hand holding my sweet baby, Ezekiel,” she wrote. “I delivered him on January 20, 2016. His heart stopped at 11 weeks 2 days.”
Burns outlined that her child, even just a few weeks old, had physical features that clearly showed his humanity.
“He had a heartbeat. Such a sweet sound. He had life!” she said. “He was not a blob. He was not just a clump of cells. He was formed. Perfect. Look at the details. His sweet fingers. Toes.”
Burns called her son a “sweet little missionary” in that even in his death he can show other mothers the reality of life in the womb.
“I am blessed to be his mother. He lived to show others life!” she wrote. “Please feel free to share his LIFE with others.”
The photo has already received over 1,600 likes and nearly 3,000 shares in less than a week. Hundreds of viewers and followers have also left words of support.
“So very sorry for your loss. He is so beautiful!” one commenter named Melanie wrote. “Thanks for sharing your precious baby. I pray that anyone who has plans to abort will see your precious baby and have a change of heart about abortions.”
“Precious little guy! How could anyone murder these babies?” another named Charlotte wrote. “I dare anyone to say this baby isn’t a miracle. Life starts at conception!”
“Maybe your pain will save another baby’s life,” wrote a supporter named Linda.
“I do believe God had big plans for him and is using him,” Burns wrote in reply. “As soon as I saw him, I knew I couldn’t keep him to myself. I have already heard stories! Praise God!”
And when one viewer asked why Burns decided to share the photo with the world and not keep the matter private, she explained that she wanted others to see what a child at 11 weeks looks like—especially in a day and age when mothers are told that their son or daughter is only tissue.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people are misinformed about what a baby looks like at 11 weeks gestation,” she wrote. “I share him so people can see and know life does start very early and they are babies in the womb. People are led to believe that at 11 weeks they are just a blob or a bunch of cells. Also, he is my son. I share him like I would any of my children. ”
As previously reported, photos of baby Walter, born to Joshua and Lexi Fretz of Greencastle, Pennsylvania have also been touching lives around the world. Walter passed away at 19 weeks after his mother went into premature labor. Joshua Fretz took photos of the couple’s tiny son, which were later shared online and used to reach others.
“Just came across Walter’s pictures. … I am pregnant and been in such a bad place this week. Did my first scan last week and he’s a boy, too. But this week I started praying for a miscarriage or decide to terminate since his father has shirked all responsibility,” one mother wrote to the family. “I asked God to gimme a sign today that we will be fine, or I go ahead and seek a termination tomorrow. A few hours later, I see the link on Facebook. It put me to tears. But most importantly it has made me know without a doubt that I cannot do this to him.”
“[S]haring your story and showing his pictures it has helped me so much,” another named Crista stated. “I just had a baby seven months ago and I’m pregnant again. The father wants me to get an abortion and I thought about it, but now there is no way I can do it. God blessed me with this child for a reason, and I will take care of her and love her just like I do my other children.”