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Couple loses 7 babies after refusing to use selective reduction

Posted at 9:31 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 21:31:31-04

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PIX11) — A couple in North Carolina lost all seven babies after denying suggested treatment from their doctor.

According to WCNC, Lindsey and Steve Justice have been married for 4 years and have started a beautiful family since they first met at Wake Forest University.

Steve played football there, then joined the NFL and played for the Colts and Carolina Panthers. Lindsey was a soccer player. The couple have two young girls Hannah, 4 and Hope, 2.

After trying for a third child for nine months, Lindsey was diagnosed with PCOS — polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Then, on Steve’s 30th bday, the couple had a breakthrough. Lindsey, who had been taking fertility drugs, presented a positive pregnancy test.

However, their doctor knew something was wrong by their 6 week ultrasound. They were told could Lindsey could be carrying as many as 6 babies.

They suggested the couple use selective reduction, which would mean terminating some of the pregnancies to help give others a better chance at survival.

“He just said ‘this is dangerous. The human body is not meant to carry six-plus babies, and for your health and for the babies–their chances of survival, your best medical option is to selectively reduce.’ Steve and I didn’t even have to look at each other. That was just not going to be an option,” Lindsey told WCNC.

By the 8 week ultrasound, 7 babies made an appearance. The couple started taking home videos daily documenting the pregnancy.

During the 21st week, Lindsey’s water broke and started having contractions. A normal pregnancy lasts 38 weeks.

Lindsey gave birth to Mercy, then 5 other babies, all of them tragically died with in hours.

“And what I would give to nurse them, to hold them, to rock them to sleep, to dress them. I want to be their mom, I want them to be here, you know. But that wasn’t God’s will.”

The couple sleeps with a different blanket that wrapped each of their late daughters every night, and treasure a photo of all of their feet.

“We don’t have strength right now, we are broken, we are in deep mourning. We held each one of our six girls and said goodbye to them. They were all living. They all have birth certificates, they all have a first name a middle name and a last name.”