In death, 10-day-old baby inspires a nation


They say some souls are too beautiful for Earth.

Zion Isaiah Blick lived for only 10 days before a genetic abnormality proved to be too much for the 4-pound-7-ounce newborn to overcome.

He was born with Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome. When his parents, Josh and Robbyn, learned about the disorder when Robynn was 20 weeks pregnant, they decided to celebrate every moment they had with their son.

The Blicks posted photos cataloguing Zion’s journey on Instagram, telling the story of their son’s struggle for life day by day. He was born Jan. 11 and died on Jan. 21, leaving behind a world already captivated with his fight, thanks to social media.

People around the nation followed Zion’s story, and an outpouring of support reached the Blicks through the hashtag #IHeartZion.

“Life is precious and should be valued and cherished, we do not know how long we have,” Chris Betancourt tweeted.

Others thanked the Blicks for letting the world share their joy and pain during such a trying time.

Last week, Josh posted to Vimeo a video celebrating the life of Zion. It has since gone viral.

“I want you to know that you didn’t have to be big and tall or even loud for us to notice you,” Josh said in the video. “You didn’t have to stand in front of a pulpit or write a book to capture our attention. You just did. In fact, you did more in your 10 days on earth than I could ever hope to. This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. But I want you to know that I’m so proud of you.”

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @steph_grimes

 

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