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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Witness To Life

From CNA: Young Florida Woman Chooses Baby's Life Over Her Own

The story of Benny Abreu, a young woman from the Dominican Republic, has moved Floridians because of her testimony to motherly love. The Florida woman suffered from serious heart problems and preferred to die rather than abort the baby she was carrying.

Abreu, 25, graduated from Florida Central University at the beginning of May and decided to continue with her pregnancy, knowing that her serious heart condition could lead to complications.

According to Florida’s La Prensa newspaper, she never considered the possibility of abortion and saw her pregnancy as a blessing.

“The doctor told her she had to abort if she wanted to survive, but she told him no, that she could not kill her baby and that she was going to continue with her pregnancy,” said Martha Motley, the baby's grandmother.

On May 17, Abreu gave birth to her son but her condition worsened. She was transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, which specializes in cardiology, where she died on May 30.

“I knew that she had a medical condition with her heart. I even took her to the doctor on several occasions, but it never entered my mind that she was going to die,” said Jovan Toliver, the baby’s father. “They (the doctors) said the baby should be delivered early and that she might suffer a little, but I never expected this to happen.”

Toliver added, “I have lost a part of me, but the only thing that sustains me is knowing that she never would have wanted me to leave her baby alone and for this reason I have to be strong.”

“She was very courageous and never doubted having her baby, even though as a result she had to pay the highest price,” Motley, who is Toliver's mother, told reporters. “I know that now she is in God’s hands and when she looks down she will see that the best part of her is with us and she’ll know that we will always take care of him.”
What a great witness - how we are all called to sacrifice for the ones we love, even to the point of laying down one's own life. While the article doesn't provide any details concerning Abreu's faith, the choice she made - to let her baby live - helps make Christ known to the world - regardless if that was her intention or not.

Some may say "How tragic and pointless that a 25 year old woman, so young and whose life was just beginning, had to die!" while not noticing that out of this tragedy emerged a beautiful new life that truly is, just beginning.