Courtney Baker has a 15-month-old daughter, Emersyn Faith, who is so cute you might want to reach out at your computer screen and squeeze her cheeks.
Baker recently took her daughter, whom she calls Emmy, on a fun trip to the mailbox where Emmy joyously helped her deliver a letter that was a very nice "fuck you" to the doctor who suggested Baker abort her child. The doctor recommended this course of action because Emmy has Down syndrome.
Baker shared the letter with the Parker Myles Facebook page, the social media outlet for a popular website run by a single parent raising a child with Down syndrome.
"This is Emmy, mailing our letter to the prenatal specialist who didn't want her to live.
He repeatedly suggested we abort. He said her and our quality of life would be horrible."
Emmy was diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome.
"He was so unbelievably wrong. I want to do something to advocate, but other than my letter to him, I don't know what yet. Can you please share my photo?" - Courtney Williams Baker
The letter Emmy is holding, says;
A friend recently told me of when her prenatal specialist would see her child during her sonograms, he would comment, “He’s perfect.” Once her son was born with Down syndrome, she visited that same doctor. He looked at her little boy and said, “I told you. He’s perfect.”
Her story tore me apart. While I was so grateful for my friend’s experience, it filled me with such sorrow because of what I should have had. I wish you would have been that doctor.
I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.
From that first visit, we dreaded our appointments. The most difficult time in my life was made nearly unbearable because you never told me the truth.
My child was perfect.
I’m not angry. I’m not bitter. I’m really just sad. I’m sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears don’t always give you pause. I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today. But I’m mostly sad you’ll never have the privilege of knowing my daughter, Emersyn.
Because, you see, Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she’s touched the hearts of thousands. She’s given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She’s given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever known. She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love.
So my prayer is that no other mommy will have to go through what I did. My prayer is that you, too, will now see true beauty and pure love with every sonogram. And my prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother’s womb, you will look at that mommy and see me then tell her the truth: “Your child is absolutely perfect.”
Other parents shared with Parker Myles that they, too, had doctors who said they needn't have their children because of their Down syndrome diagnoses. Like Baker, these parents also said, "Bitch, please."
Emmy has quickly become a small, so very cute, hero for families who have kids with Down syndrome.
“Emmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world. She’s doing it right now," Baker told ABC about her daughter. Baker is a hero, too, but she's not as adorable. Who is?