On June 6, 2019, at 10 pm I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We named her Elliott Ruelisha Cole Burkhart. She weighed 3.26 pounds and was 13 inches long.

We were sitting in a hospital ER room as the doctor told us she had a birth defect called anencephaly, her condition wasn’t sustainable for life. She would most likely either die in the womb or shortly after birth. I felt numb. I felt my world around me crash and all that was good, was lost. We were given two options, we could either terminate the pregnancy, by this time I was already 16 weeks pregnant, or we could carry her for as long as the Lord allows. Without question, we chose life for our daughter.

The day my daughter was born, was one of the best and yet hardest days of my life. She was born via c-section. She was a fighter. I was in complete awe of her. She had blue eyes and dark brown hair. Her tiny toes and fingers were perfect. I studied her so I could memorize every inch of her. I kissed her, I took in her smell, and I held her close till she became an angel at 11:32 pm. She gave us 92 perfect minutes with her.

Elliott’s Memory Project is established because of her. I want to help mothers whose unborn child has been diagnosed with a fatal birth defect. I want to give these mothers what anencephaly hope gave me, Hope. I want them to know they are not alone and that the life of their unborn baby matters. I want to speak their name and give them the love and support they deserve.

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