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A baby dies in the delivery room, ten months later the same doctor breaks down crying when he witnes
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The story behind this picture tugs on thousands of heartstrings. - photo by Fernanda Gonzalez Casafs
A hug expresses feelings that cant be said out loud. This photo of a hug between a doctor and new dad went viral because of the message of hope that came with it.

This photo was taken by Sarah Ledford, a maternity photographer. It was captured after the doctor brought a baby into the world. The picture on the right is an embrace of relief, happiness and excitement, while the one on the left is filled with sadness. Just ten months before the photo on the right was taken, the couple in the photo on the left had lost their baby in the delivery room.

A tragedy

According to Today, the photo was taken at St. Lukes Hospital in Idaho. Just ten months earlier, Andrew and Amanda went there to give birth to their first child, Klayton. They struggled with fertility for quite some time and had gone through treatments, so they were thrilled to finally bring a precious soul into the world.

When it was finally time for Klayton to enter the world, the doctors realized the baby wasnt breathing.

He didnt cry

The team of doctors sprung into action when the baby didnt cry. I can imagine how that mom felt when she didnt hear her baby, because I didnt hear mine at first either when she was first born. I couldnt breathe until I finally heard her cry.

This baby couldnt breathe, and therefore, couldnt cry. He had sucked in meconium (the earliest stool from a baby). The doctors finally succeeded in resuscitating him, but it was too late. Baby Klayton had spent too much time without oxygen, and was brain dead. Six days later, Klayton died along with his parents smiles.

According to ABC, this was Dr. Hodge's first patient loss he'd been delivering babies since 2002.

The couple didnt give up hope

Amanda and Andrew were heartbroken, but they refused to give up hope. They decided to focus on bringing another baby into the world, and less than a year later they were back in Dr. Hodges office because Amanda was pregnant again.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Karson. Amanda said, Right up to the moment he came out, I was scared that something bad was going to happen. However, Karson cried loudly, announcing his healthy arrival to everyone.

Embracing light after tragedy

Everyone was so excited when the umbilical cord was cut and they officially welcomed Karson into this world. Both the Hanson family and the staff at the hospital will never forget this story of tragedy and hope.
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