Powerful Photo of Newborn with Twin Brother's Ashes
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Just two days after Christmas, Ayrton, her husband and two daughters went in to check on their little boys. It was the day of their 5-month scan, but Ayrton had become nervous in the days leading up to this appointment. The sonographer checked each baby separately. The first baby, Tiger, was happy and healthy, but when the sonographer moved on to Johnny a heaviness filled the room that confirmed all of mom's fears. "I'm so sorry," the sonographer said.
Every two weeks following that scan Ayrton was checked to make sure Tiger was still thriving, while she had to watch Johnny fade away with each visit. First his sweet facial features, then his fingers and toes disappeared. She was expected to reach full-term, and at 38-weeks she delivered both boys.
In preparation for newborn photos of Tiger, Simmons asked the family if they would bring Johnny's ashes. Simmons had a vision to capture a photo of both boys for the family to cherish, and she nailed it!
"I love the fact my son’s memory might help other families get through their own journeys. Since losing Johnny, I’ve been trying to raise awareness on my personal Instagram page @cherie_ayrton, and the outcry in other women going through similar experiences is huge. In sharing my son’s story, hopefully, my hurt can help others heal. It’s a lonely journey if no one speaks up," Aryrton writes.
In her own words, Ayrton shares her story of grief and healing here in hopes to help other families on similar journeys.