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Remembering Baby Christian

By: Malorie Maddox, M.H. Denker, Christian Champoux Email
By: Malorie Maddox, M.H. Denker, Christian Champoux Email

A couple says goodbye to their newborn baby boy. Baby Christian only lived a few days, but his life is making a huge impact.

"This morning I woke up and I wanted to go check on him and hold him, but he's not here," said Becci Sutton.

The pain, still incredibly real for Becci Sutton. Her baby boy Christian...is gone.

Becci says, "We know he went to heaven and he's not hurting."

We first introduced you to Becci and Eric back in August. The couple had learned their baby had a rare neural tube defect called anencephaly.

Becci says, "When we found out our child had a zero chance of survival, we just wanted to cherish what little time we had."

Becci went through with the pregnancy, knowing she and Eric could only have minutes...or a few hours....to hold their son.

Becci says, "We expected he would live a couple of hours...and three days later. We had so much more than we dreamed of."

Eric Abts says, "He was definitely a fighter. He kept pushing on."

The couple shared home video of their son. For babies born with anencephaly, nothing forms above the baby's eyebrows.

Most babies with this condition don't cry, but again, Christian was a fighter. He came out crying.

Eric says, "I couldn't see him all that clearly. I had to wipe away all my tears."

Becci says the first three days were a blessing, but it became tougher to let go as time went on.

"I didn't want to go to sleep because I didn't want to miss him going."

As Christian started to slip away, Becci knew she had to let go.

"I think it was the doctor that said, you know, he probably doesn't want to die in front of you and you haven't slept. So that's when we went and took a nap and when we woke he was almost gone," said Becci.

After three days, baby Christian had passed away.

Eric says, "He took his final breaths in our arms."

But through him, comes new life and hope.

The couple donated Christian's organs.

Eric says, "Christian served more than just one purpose. He may possibly save many lives."

Becci and Eric hope by opening up about their journey-others will honor their son by becoming donors, too.

Becci says, "He touched so many lives. We'll see him one day forever. He's with us."

There is a fund set up at all Metro Credit Union locations under "Christian Abts."

Becci & Eric have been donating the money to the Nebraska Organ Recovery System.


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