A 5-month-old baby’s adorable reaction to seeing snow for the first time is going viral.
Johanna and Craig Morton’s daughter, Clara Ray, was born with several birth defects, including congenital heart disease and Heterotaxy syndrome, according to TODAY. Because of them, doctors didn’t expect Clara to survive.
“I was 12 weeks gestation when we were told something was wrong with my baby’s heart. I was told she will not survive. ‘You will miscarry.’ I left the office in tears and heartbroken. My baby fought her way to 18 weeks as her heart beat slower and slower,” Johanna said in a Facebook post in the group Love What Matters. “I was told ‘she’s going to be still born, save yourself the pain.’ ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you come back next week, and have her stillborn.’ There was little to no hope for my baby.”
Then something amazing happened.
After fighting for months, Clara was born on June 14 and was able to go home on July 21 — several weeks after she had open heart surgery.
In between hospital visits and check-ups, the family was able to spend Thanksgiving in Cornwallville, New York, where Clara witnessed her first snowfall.
“This is her seeing her first snow fall. She absolutely loved it,” Johanna said in the post. “I can’t explain the emotions we felt as we watched that smile come across her face.”
“It is a miracle every second we get to spend with her,” she told TODAY. “We were told to cherish every moment because her heart might not grow with her … she literally fights with every heartbeat.”
In a week, the Facebook post has 72,000 likes, 7,000 shares and 4,500 comments.