Losing a child is the hardest pain a parent can ever experience. But for one couple, the death of their young son inspired them to do something incredible for another mother dealing with a tragedy of her own.
Revee and Andrew Kraszewski, a military couple from Clarksville, Tennessee, are the loving parents of two young girls. However, they’re forever reminded of the one child missing from their lives.
Their son, Wyatt, was born with a congenital heart defect. At just 18 months old, he caught a virus and was found unresponsive. Despite efforts to save him, the young boy died.
Wyatt’s death has been a constant source of heartbreak for the family.
“It’s hard not to think of it, as everything from this point forward has happened because we lost our son,” Andrew told WZTV. “It kind of makes everything a little hard to enjoy.”
Now the family has found a way to move forward—while also doing something incredible for a mother in need.
Through a mutual friend, Revee learned the story of a 28-year-old woman named Ashley who was expecting twins … but needed to give them up for adoption for a heartbreaking reason:
She is dying from cystic fibrosis.
Tragically the young woman was only given a year to live last November. While terminating the pregnancy may have bought her some more time, she opted to go through with having her children.
But Ashley, who grew up without parents and became an orphan at 15, wants her children to have a permanent family from birth.
“I don’t want to get attached, and have the children lose the parents they know and then have to be moved around,” she told the Both Hands Project. “I want them to have their parents from birth.”
Revee was touched by the woman’s heartbreaking story.
“To me, that’s amazing,” Revee told WZTV. “To know that she would give her life for her children makes me want to be a better mom for my kids and to take care of these twins.”
So the parents decided to step up and be the family those twins need:
They agreed to adopt the boy and girl!
“You’re changing a child’s life, and you may be changing the life of that expectant mom, who may have chosen a different route,” Revee said.
It wasn’t a decision they made lightly. The Kraszewskis were informed that one of the twins might be born with cystic fibrosis, which will only be determined by a prenatal test.
The parents are willing to accept that risk, though. Adopting new children was their way of honoring their late son.
“It’s just kind of something that we can continue to pay it forward for Wyatt,” Andrew said.
It’s a story of hope found in heartbreak: fate bringing together a couple who just lost their child and children about to lose their mother. It’s encouraging to see this couple rise above their tragedy and give these kids a chance at a better life.