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After Stillbirth, Young Woman Sells Crib - Shocked When It Comes Back In New Form

A young woman in Minnesota went through what no mother should ever have to go through. She had eagerly anticipated the birth of her son, Noah, but in the final days of her pregnancy, the baby's movement sharply declined. Soon, she felt no movement at all. She and her fiancé went to the doctor, who couldn't find a heartbeat. She was rushed into a cesarean section and Noah was stillborn. His umbilical cord had become compressed and he died of a lack of oxygen.

Valarie Watts, the grieving mother, was devastated by her son’s death. She had prepared a room for Noah's arrival, and couldn't bear to look at any of the items she'd purchased anymore, after she thought she’d be bringing home a healthy baby boy. That summer, she held a yard sale and tried to get rid of everything.

A retired man named Gerald Kumpula, a 75-year-old grandfather of 15, noticed the crib in the garage. Watts had been hesitant to sell it, but when Kumpula asked about it, she offered it to the man for $2.

The older man's wife, Lorene, was also browsing the items for sale and noticed all the baby clothes and toys. She began talking to Watts, and asked her how old her child is now. She broke down and told the stranger Noah's sad story.

Kumpula was in the habit of buying second-hand headboards and footboards. He liked to recycle them and make them into benches. The craftsman and his wife took the crib home and talked about Watts and what she'd been through. They planned on bringing the crib back in a whole new form.

A week later, Watts got a knock on the door. They surprised her with a beautiful new memory bench, made out of Noah's crib. Watts was shocked.

“It’s beautiful,” the 28-year-old told Today.com. “I thought, ‘There’s still kind people out there.'”

The Kumpulas were so touched by what the young woman had been through because they knew what she was going through. Their first granddaughter had been a stillborn.

“An unused crib is a sad reminder,” Gerald Kumpula said. “A bench is more of a memorial. It’s part of that sad happening, yet it’s not a reminder like a crib would be, an empty crib.”

Watts tried to pay the couple for the bench, but they refused any payment. She's put it in a spot where she could go and remember Noah, and feel close to him. “I’m overwhelmed with joy that it’s not just sitting somewhere unused,” Watts said. “Now I can sit in it, hold his bear, think about him if I need to... In a way, when I’m sitting in it, I feel comforted by his presence, even though he’s not here."

“It’s like a peaceful, it’s-OK type feeling. When I feel down, I can sit on the bench and I feel OK, everything’s going to be OK,” she added hopefully.

Source: Little Things, Today
Photo: YouTube

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