SPOKANE, Wash. – A tender moment between a local mother and her baby has taken Facebook by storm.
The photo was snapped while Keri Putt breast fed her daughter who was born at 28 weeks. She shared it on Facebook and as of Tuesday, it has received over a thousand shares and more than 40,000 likes.
Deaconess Hospital has delivered a little over 1,400 in 2015. They said 20 percent of those had to be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Odds like this can be scary. But Putt was not only able to share her hope, but her daughter’s success with the world.
"It was very emotional when I did that. I told the nurse that, 'Ok I'm not like this. I'm going to be that mom that takes a picture,’" said Putt.
It is a moment that Keri Putt almost didn't have. Breastfeeding her newborn that doctors said would not make it. Like many parents, Keri found a lot of support and information from Facebook support groups like, “Breastfeeding mama talk.”
"I saw the picture of a mom that was feeding her preemie. So in the comments of the post, I posted that picture without thinking anyone would see it," she said.
40,000 likes and one thousand shares later, Keri was spreading hope and awareness. Dahlia was born at only 28 weeks. But doctors were not sure she would make it.
"We grieved her even before she was born,” Putt said.
When Putt’s water broke at only 21 weeks, doctors thought the only option would be to end the pregnancy.
"I knew that I was going to fight no matter what from the very beginning. I didn't want to look back some day and say what could have happened," said Putt.
Despite the odds, Keri and Dahlia are not only making it, their sharing their story of survival with the rest of us.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to Dahlia.