The picture of a dad holding his precious daughter, captured by a photographer from Austin, Texas, has tugged at the heartstrings of many.
“This is a story about a mom and a dad who went through loss and persistence to get their baby,” wrote photographer Leilani Rogers, on her Facebook page.
For years, Hunter, and his wife, Hope Madden, struggled to have a baby. They lost hope through nine fertility treatment cycles and three miscarriages.
At the time of her third miscarriage, the couple even named their little baby boy “Owen.” Unfortunately, things didn’t turned well and they were told Owen had no heartbeat during the first sonogram session.
“This was our third loss, as I had two chemical pregnancies previously,” she told The Huffington Post.
Again when Hope was pregnant with Evelyn, the couple had hoped for the best, but also prepared for the worst. They were afraid their joy would turn into a nightmare once more.
“Losing our son was very hard on both of us,” Hunter Madden told TODAY. “It was just such a gut punch … I think one of the worst things to come from losing Owen, other than his loss, was the way I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with our daughter.”
Everything went well and she successfully gave birth to a beautiful daughter on March 11, 2017.
After going through a heartbreaking journey to conceive, the birth of their daughter, Evelyn, was truly a blessing.
All their happiness and relief were captured in the moving photos, snapped by Leilani. Especially the one that captured Hunter’s genuine display of emotions when he held Evelyn close to his chest, next to a tattoo, which was done in remembrance of his lost son.
“That tattoo on his chest was done after their first miscarriage, and now his daughter lies her sweet head against it. Both of them a reminder of triumph,” wrote Leilani.
The touching photo shows Hunter obviously moved to tears!
“I could not believe I was allowed to hold something so perfect, and I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving for finally getting to be a father,” Hunter told TODAY.