The journey of William Brentlinger lasted only eleven days, yet he brought a lifetime’s worth of precious memories to people around the world and his parents, Lyndsay and Matthew Brentlinger.
Against the odds
Ultrasound pictures revealed William had severe heart abnormalities, which normally would have resulted in a still-birth. Yet he managed to survive the trauma of birth and spent 11 meaningful days with his twin sister, Reagan Brentlinger.
A local Ohio photographer specializing in portraits of newborns, Lindsey Brown, found time from her busy schedule to take several heart-warming pictures of the twins, so the parents could forever treasure their time together with William.
Lindsey Brown captures the moment
“I could not believe how perfect they both looked,” Brown told CNN. “They were both in the five pound range when I photographed them. William was extremely alert, as if he was trying to take it all in, while little Reagan slept and barely opened her eyes.”
“Pictures are just memories,” said Brown. “I know how much people cherish them, so I was really glad I was able to do that for them.”
About congenital heart disease
William Brentlinger may have lived a little more than week, figures from the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium state about 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects each year and “approximately two to three million individuals are thought to be living in the United States with congenital heart defects.”
According to the American Heart Association, “Congenital heart disease is a problem that occurs with the baby’s heart while the baby is still developing. It’s seen in approximately 1% of babies born in the United States and is the most common form of birth defect.”
Hopefully little William Brentlinger will shed more light on the dangers of this potentially deadly condition and save some lives of other beautiful young children before it’s too late.