It took this couple 1,616 IVF shots to conceive their baby London, and they recently took this powerful photo of their daughter to commemorate the journey.
The single most special thing we can create in this world is new life. But, what happens when the body you’ve been given doesn’t allow you to have a child of your own? Some people accept their reality, some choose adoption, and others look to other alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
And that’s exactly what Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill did. What they didn’t expect, however, is the challenging and seemingly impossible road they had ahead. Mothers everywhere will attest to the fact that having a child is no easy feat and the O’Neills story gives new meaning to that.
Patricia and Kimberly’s baby, London, was born on August 3, 2018. If you were to see her in the street, you would think she’s an absolute cutie. What many people aren’t aware of are the four years, three miscarriages, and 1,616 IVF shots in total (including the ones which sadly ended in miscarriage) it took to conceive their little miracle.
“Kimberly decided as soon as I started shots that she would save the needles and that we would do a photo at the end of our journey,” Patricia told BuzzFeed. “I never anticipated there would be so many needles.”
Each syringe was capped and had a plastic shield around it to protect everyone, including the tightly-swaddled London, from the needles. “Being only a week old, she did not have the strength nor coordination to get out of the swaddle,” Patricia said. “We were right next to her the entire time and she was a good distance from them, although it doesn’t appear so in the photo.”
Packer shared the photo on her Facebook page, which has since gone viral. “We want it to bring hope for women that are hopeless in this journey and a voice for women that are afraid to speak of it,” Patricia said.
“We both were amazed and teared up when we saw the set up, she added. “We were overwhelmed with joy looking at the miraculous completion of our journey in the photo.”
Patricia said she hopes the photo also serves as a reminder for people trying to start a family to “cry when they need to, laugh when they can. Sometimes, it’s hard enough to even smile, let alone laugh, but you need to find an outlet.”