A Child's Bittersweet Birth— 4 Months After Mom's Death
Daniel P. Finney shares the story of Caralyn Yoho
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2013 9:40 AM CST
Updated Dec 20, 2013 10:17 AM CST

(Newser) Des Moines Register reporter Daniel P. Finney first brought readers the story of Nate and Laura Yoho in July—a few days after Laura died of brain cancer. This week, he returns to the story of the Yohos, and his piece takes the format of a letter to one-month-old Caralyn, in which he recounts "the wonderful confluence of love and hope" and "the unusual circumstances that surround how she came to be born" on Nov. 26. It's a tearjerker. Finney writes of the "beautiful" Laura, who met Nate (once a minor-league player for the Milwaukee Brewers) in 2007 when they both were working at an athletic club; they married four years later, but not before learning that Laura had aggressive brain tumors.

Before she began treatment, Laura froze some embryos; she told her best friend, Kara Stetson, that the two planned to possibly seek out a surrogate. Stetson, who has two children, insisted she be the one, and they went forward with the plan ... as the tumors returned, and Laura's conditioned worsened. "She struggled to remember words. It got harder for her to walk. She kept hitting the gym. She fought so hard to be here when you were born." In July, her friends threw Laura a baby shower; her conditioned deteriorated the next day, and she died July 23. "Everyone was so sad," writes Finney. "Your mom was gone. But there was hope. You were coming." And come Caralyn did, the day before Thanksgiving, "part your dad, part your mom. Loved by all," including Laura, whose "heart beat hardest for the loves of her life, you and your dad." Read Finney's letter in full.

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J. J.
Apr 5, 2014 3:19 AM CDT
"Rottenest single parents" eh? Because obviously most people in your world choose to be single parents, right. I guess my single mother should have dumped me in an orphanage. When you are facing infertility, then you can judge others. And a comment isn't brave. You wouldn't know the meaning of brave if it dope-slapped you.
Dec 22, 2013 6:39 PM CST
Thank you, Pranaphish. Your comment is very brave and I very much agree with it. Ironically, even the rottenest, single parents do not give their children up for adoption. They are the ones who go so often beget them artificially. It is a very frustrating situation. l would like to clarify one of my previous sentences. When I wrote about having children "long ago, no longer now..." I meant the design was FOR long ago and no longer now. Put another way, God's blessing to "be fruitful and multiply" has long expired.
Dec 21, 2013 1:05 PM CST
If I lost my Husband, I know that I will always have a part of him, my children. The fact that she gave him the best present in the world, a part of herself, is amazing. The woman that carried the baby for them is very special also. This whole story is about love, not science. It definitely is not about being selfish.