Couples moving photo after adopting baby from same hospital where they tragically lost their son
A Christian couple have adopted a baby from the same hospital that cared for their son who tragically died a year ago.
Katie and Josh Butler’s, 28 and 30, world was torn apart when they lost their baby Dewey in 2015, but they chose to ‘pour their love’ into a 11-month-old who had never left hospital.
The couple’s first baby, Dewey, was born with unbalanced translocation of chromosome 6 and 10 and tragically passed away during a routine operation in September 2015 at 132 days old.
Just two months later, the kind-hearted couple made the brave decision to save another boy, Brax, who’s family were unable to care for him due to multiple health conditions.
This September, Brax was officially adopted into the family and a tear-jerking photo marked the occasion.
The couple, from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, included a print of baby Dewey with their new son – now aged two.
Katie said: “It’s been a year since Dewey went to heaven, he was such a sweet baby with these big brown eyes.
“It’s has been a range of emotion – the grief still comes in waves.
“We are so grateful for Brax and if it weren’t for Dewey we wouldn’t have met. It gave purpose to Dewey’s short life.
“Dewey was on the 4th floor of the NICU, and on the 5th floor was another baby who needed family to care for him.
“We were so happy to have this opportunity and because of Dewey, we’ve been prepared for all the medical equipment.
“We had already named Brax before we met him, we considered him our son and we were with him every day in hospital.”
The inspiring couple, who met in 2012, were married in 2014 and found out they were pregnant with Dewey in August that year.
However, during the 20 week ultra sound that the technician realised something was wrong.
Katie said: “They told us this whole list of things that was wrong with Dewey but they didn’t know what it was exactly.
“We were excepting this perfect pregnancy and wanted to go down the natural route but we ended up going to doctors once a week to monitor the baby.”
Dewey was born in May 2015, weighing 4lbs 3 ounces and taken straight to NICU.
Katie said: “His condition was so rare, the doctors didn’t know what to expect.
“We were just optimistic. We knew every day was precious.
“We bought a bigger table so that one day he would be able to have his friends over and we did the nursery for him.
“We had no idea, which is why his death was so traumatic.”
While having surgery to fit a feeding-tube, Dewey’s heart stopped working and he passed away.
Katie said: “On the day of the surgery, we had such a good morning with him. That was the last time we saw him.
“It was supposed to be a really routine surgery, but after a couple of hours when I hadn’t heard anything, I started to worry.
“His heart just couldn’t take it.
“When they told us he had died, Josh starting to cry and I was in shock.
“I felt so guilty for thinking of this but there was also a sense of relief, he was finally healed and I know I’ll see him again.”The devastated family leaned on their faith and threw a big celebration of life for their beloved son.
Then, on 12 November Katie received a call from one of the nurses who had gotten to know them during their stay with Dewey.
Four days later the couple met baby Brax for the first time at the hospital Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Katie said: “I had been praying that I wanted another baby.
“I had tasted for the first time what it is to be a mother.
“Then the next day, I got a text message from a nurse who knew we had thought about fostering.
When he was born at just 27 weeks in December 2014 he was diagnosed with chronic respiratory failure, tracheomalacia, trach-vent dependent, and pulmonary hypertension.
The couple were able to take Brax home with them in Febuary 2016 as a foster child before officially adopting him in September.
Katie said: “With Dewey there was no chance of complete healing but with Brax it’s just a matter of age.
“Once we brought him home, his health started to improve.
“He still need oxygen but his movement and feeding has improved such much.
“He knows us and he smiles at us and can identify us.
“Our family has really taken to him. We have all this love because of Dewey and want to pour this love into Brax.”