- Place of passing:
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Gabriel: Angel of God... "God is my strength"|
Our dear Gabriel was with us for only a short time here on earth, but he will forever be with us in our hearts…
We were more than overjoyed when we discovered we were expecting a baby – our first child…even more wonderful, Cheryl found out right before Andy’s birthday and gave him baby-related birthday gifts to surprise him with the news. The excitement of being parents was almost overwhelming. We already saw ourselves as “Mom” and “Dad,” preparing for our little one – we just had to wait to “officially” meet him or her.
The first ultrasound at 8 weeks went perfectly and we cried happy tears at the sight of our little one’s heartbeat. However, after a standard blood test near the end of the first trimester, we were told our baby had Trisomy 18 – a rare condition that causes numerous developmental abnormalities. We learned 90 percent of affected children don't live to their first birthday, and those who do have immense struggles.
Because he’s our son, we loved him no matter what, and couldn’t imagine doing anything less. We gave him a name - Gabriel (after the biblical angel) Leroy (after Cheryl's grandfather). Unfortunately, just days after we learned of his affliction, an ultrasound revealed that little Gabriel’s heart had stopped beating when he was 12 weeks and 2 days young. The overwhelming excitement quickly turned into a chronic overwhelming sorrow.
We trust he is with other loved ones that have passed on, and is being cared for by his heavenly Father. Although he was never “born,” he did exist here on earth and we cannot wait until we hold him in heaven. Gabriel cannot be replaced. He had a life. He had a heartbeat. And he’ll always have our hearts. We will never forget our first child. This website, we hope, brings awareness to Trisomy 18 (www.trisomy18.org) and pays tribute to the incredible impact Gabriel Leroy had – and continues to have – on our lives.
No matter how long you know your child, it only takes a moment to love them forever.
"It is not the length of a life, but the depth of it that matters." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you for your love and support!
"Prayers of peace and comfort. Thank you for sharing and expressing so beautifully the mixed emotions that comes with the loss of a child. As you stated " it only takes a moment to love them forever"."
"so sad,thinking of you Cheryl and andy, RIP Gabriel sleeping with the angels,"
"Dear Cheryl and Andy, I know without a doubt that Gabriel is with our Lord and Savior in heaven. I pray that I will be able to hold him when I get there and when I see you all I will let you know what a wonderful person he is. May God bless you in the wonderful life God has in store for you now and in future."
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