Baby Completes Bucket List Before His Brief Life Begins

Shane Haley was born this morning, then died in his mother's arms
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2014 12:26 PM CDT
Baby Completes Bucket List Before His Brief Life Begins
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When Jenna and Dan Haley found out the baby they were expecting, Shane, would live only a few hours after birth, the Pennsylvania couple decided give him as full a life as they could. They created a "bucket list" for him, ABC News reports, and checked off items while Jenna was pregnant: a Phillies game, the Statue of Liberty, the beach, the zoo, a pumpkin patch. This morning, Shane was born. Less than four hours later, his brief but full life was over. "After meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his Mother's arms," reads a post on the Prayers for Shane Facebook page. "We are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to hold and hug our son."

The Haleys found out in April that Shane had anencephaly, a condition in which a baby is born missing parts of his brain and skull. The condition develops during the first month of pregnancy and there is no known cure, NBC Philadelphia reports. "He's still our little boy and even though he's been given such a short life expectancy ... we wanted to make sure that we gave him a lifetime worth of adventures and love while he's with us," Dan told ABC last month. "One thing we would want people to take away is that each human life is so valuable and that it's important to live each day to its fullest potential." The couple kept track of their bucket list progress on the Facebook page, which currently has more than 740,000 "likes." They checked every item off of it by last month, WPVI reported at the time. (This woman has vowed to complete her heart donor's bucket list.)

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