It was devastating news for T.K. and Deidrea Laux. Deidrea was just 20 weeks into her first pregnancy when doctors informed the couple that their unborn son had Patau syndrome, also known as trisomy 13. Typically, infants with trisomy 13 don’t make it pass the first days or weeks of life. Per Genetics Home Reference: “Only five percent to 10 percent of children with this condition live past their first year.” T.K. and his wife were heartbroken, but they chose to go forward with the pregnancy and deliver baby Thomas, knowing he may live for just a few hours.
In the months leading up to the due date, the couple was forced to pick out a casket for their unborn son – something that no parent should ever have to go through. Alas, there they were, perusing options at the mortuary. Five days after his birth, on July 4, 2008, Thomas passed away.
After all the pain and suffering, the Lauxs found light at the end of the tunnel. In January of 2010, the couple welcomed a healthy daughter, baby Isabella, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Below, you can watch a video that chronicles T.K. and Diedrea’s journey.
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