It took Florida mom, Courtney Baker, over a year to work up the courage to send a letter to the doctor who delivered the prenatal diagnosis of her now 15-month-old daughter with special needs, Emersyn Faith. In an interview with ABC News, Courtney explains, "I knew how important it was going to be to write that letter, before Emmy was even born."
"Every action, from opening and closing the mailbox to raising the red flag, was closure for me," Baker told ABC News. "I have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle and he can change any heart."
In her letter, Courtney wrote, "I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn't know the truth yet about my baby, and that's what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome."
She continued, "I'm not angry. I'm not bitter. I'm really just sad. I'm sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don't fill you with a perpetual awe... I'm sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I'm heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today."
"Because, you see," Courtney added, "Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she's touched the hearts of thousands. She's given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She's given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we've ever known. She's opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love."
Baker told ABC News, "I hope he sees Emmy. I hope he sees my words on paper. Emmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world. She's doing it right now." Read Courtney's full letter above.