As we approach Memorial Day USA, we certainly remember and respectfully honor all the men and women, soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and others who have given their lives in service to our great country! Their singular stories and lives of heroism and sacrifice deserve our heart-felt thanks. We will keep them in our prayers and in our hearts in admiration, not to be forgotten.
Not all stories and lives of heroism and sacrifice conform to the particular criteria of Memorial Day USA. The singular life of Eliot Mooney from Fayetteville, Arkansas, is one such story. His brief life was one of heroism, sacrifice, love and one totally in conformity to God’s Will …not to be forgotten.
In an age when abortion on demand is the norm, and when doctors routinely advise pregnant mothers to abort children found to have genetic abnormalities, parents who choose to give birth to handicapped children are becoming less common.
These days it takes a special type of courage to ignore the advice of physicians, friends, and public sentiment, and to embrace the sacrifices that come with bringing a seriously handicapped child into the world.
Eliot Mooney was one such child. Despite being diagnosed 30 weeks into pregnancy with the typically fatal condition Trisomy 18, Eliot’s parents chose to bring the pregnancy to term.
Their son defied statistical probability by surviving the pregnancy. Eliot Mooney was born with an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information into each and every cell of his body.
He would live for only 99 days.
As Eliot’s father says, however, the short length of his son’s life “could not stop the living God from proclaiming Himself through this boy who never uttered a word.”
Knowing that Eliot’s chances of long-term survival were almost nil, on each of the 99 days of his life Eliot’s parents, Matt and Ginny Mooney, celebrated their son’s birthday, noting significant developments in Eliot’s life.
After their son’s death, Matt and Ginny compiled some of the photos and videos of their son’s life into a touching and inspiring 6 minute long tribute video. The video begins two months before Eliot’s birth, when Matt and Ginny found out about their son’s condition, and continues up until, and after his death.
The video, called “Ninety-nine Balloons”, concludes: “Not a pulpit, not a slick presentation, not a best-selling book, but a six-pound boy with Trisomy 18. God showed great pleasure to take a lowly thing in the eyes of the world and show truth…And so today we celebrate. Eliot you are well, and although we miss you more than we can express, we are only separated by our time left on earth. See you soon son. Mom and dad.” (Tribute Video to Short Life of Handicapped Baby Inspires and Touches Tens of Thousands by John Jalsevac, May 23, 2007, LifeSiteNews.com )
You can view Eliot’s dad Matt’s tribute to him: Ninety-nine Balloons. This video will not be forgotten.
Matt and Ginny Mooney also have a blog about Eliot.
Not quite sure what "blog category" to place this one in. It seems to transcend all currently-established categories for sure. I suppose "history" may be appropriate. Life is worth living regardless of condition!