Carter’s Story

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This is Carter’s Story from the hearts of his mom and dad. SGM is so grateful to have met this sweet family and their precious baby boy.

It is crazy to think how one’s life can change in an instant. In our case, an instant changed
numerous lives. On June 21, 2019, I went in for a routine, prenatal check-up. As always, the
heartbeat was very strong at a rate of 150 and my C-section was scheduled. After I left the office,
I called my husband, Thomas, and told him we would officially become parents on July 31! The
next day was a joyous one as family and friends gathered to celebrate our son at his baby shower.
The remainder of the weekend was spent unpacking the numerous gifts we had gotten and
finishing up the nursery. We were ready to go!
On Monday I began to realize his movements weren’t as strong as they were previously, but I was
still feeling him move some. On Tuesday June 25, I decided to call the office and get checked out
since I worked at the hospital at that time. I called my husband and when he asked to come I
responded with, “No I am fine, just want some peace of mind. I will call you if I need you.”
When I went up to the Labor and Delivery Unit, I did not think I would be leaving without my
son, but unfortunately that is what happened. At 3:07 p.m. I delivered the most precious baby boy
Thomas and I have ever laid eyes on. Weighing in at 4 pounds 6 ounces, Carter Thomas Leidy
was perfect in every way; he looked just like his daddy.

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Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion, and Thomas and I couldn’t believe this had
happened to us. You hear about these tragic situations happening to others, but when you are 34
weeks along, you do not think it will happen to you. As we were sitting in the hospital room
holding our son, surrounded by our families, we did not know what to do next. It was then, at the
darkest point in our lives, we were blessed to have Sufficient Grace walk through the door. The
SGM volunteers bathed and dressed Carter and took numerous photos of him. They assisted us
with taking his hand and footprints and putting them on personalized canvases. Never in a
million years, would I have thought how important an outfit, keepsakes or photos would be, but
we are so thankful we have them. Tiffany knew just what to do and say to all of us as the tears
continued to flow.

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Now, nearly six months later, Thomas and I continue to treasure the numerous images and
mementos we were able to bring home with us. While Carter was stillborn, we choose to say and
believe he was STILL born. Thomas and I had to make very serious decisions in a short amount of
time, and we are very thankful for all the love and support from not only our families but from
Sufficient Grace and the Labor and Delivery staff. Sufficient Grace still continues to provide us
with the love, compassion, support and understanding we need as we navigate the loss of our
sweet son. This amazing ministry helped us through our darkest days and will always hold a
special place in our hearts. It is hard to put into words just how thankful we are for Sufficient
Grace. Thomas and I can never repay them for everything they have done and continue to do for
us. They gave us gifts to help us honor and celebrate our son. Carter Thomas Leidy will live on in
all of our hearts forever.

Megan and Thomas Leidy
Parents of Carter Thomas Leidy

Comments

  1. Samantha Linden says:

    Such a beautiful, heartbreaking story. I’m so thankful SGM was there for my best friend and her husband. They are two of the most amazing, selfless, and kind people I have ever been blessed to have in my life. I’m so heartsick for the loss of Carter. We love you all so much.

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