LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – A Christian couple in Illinois is sharing the story of their newborn terminally ill son, their determination to allow him a chance at life, and the life-changing way that he graced the world for ten days.
At approximately 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Robbyn Blick and her husband Josh, a youth pastor at Alpine Chapel in Lake Zurich, received the most difficult news of their lives: their son was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic condition marked by multiple abnormalities that essentially equates to a certain death sentence. Babies with Trisomy 18, if they survive birth, live just hours or days.
Doctors had given the Blicks a similar prognosis, stating that their son was “not compatible with life” and if he did not die in the womb, he may not survive labor or the hours the followed.
But the Blicks knew that they wanted to give their son the gift of life, no matter how inevitable his death.
“Our choice is always life and giving him a chance,” Robbyn told reporters this past week.