Reassurance
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A Lifetime in His Family’s Arms

Reassurance
REASSURANCE: At Choices perinatal hospice, patients can get ultrasounds whenever they want to marvel at what’s right with their baby instead of dwelling on what’s wrong. Dr. Amy Madril, left, and nurse Tammy Schafer take a look at Danielle Hayworth’s twins. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Minutes old
MINUTES OLD: Hospital staff from Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, care for Lee Crump Jr. moments after he was born on Dec. 13, 2005. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Ring of hope
RING OF HOPE: A tiny ring was placed on the finger of Lee Crump Jr. after he was born. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Reunion
REUNION: Leah, left, was doing so well hours after being born that her nurse said she could briefly leave intensive care to join her brother and mother. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Holding vigil
HOLDING VIGIL: Jonathan Price rests his head on his mother, Danielle Hayworth, as she holds her infant son, Lee Crump Jr. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Lending a hand:
LENDING A HAND: The tiny hand of Lee Crump Jr. is held by a member of the Wesley Medical Center staff. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Lee’s last day
LEE’S LAST DAY: A nurse at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, confirms Lee’s death as his parents hold each other. His breathing grew ragged, his skin cold, and he died at 11:19 a.m. Dec. 15. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Dad says goodbye
DAD SAYS GOODBYE: Lee Crump kisses his son goodbye following a memorial service. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
Letting go
LETTING GO: Danielle Hayworth sits with her son after his funeral in Wichita. Lee lay in a Moses basket with a stuffed bunny at his feet. Wrapped in a white satin blanket embroidered with angel wings, he wore a bib that said “Daddy’s Boy.” (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
‘I don’t want to ever forget him’
‘I DON’T EVER WANT TO FORGET HIM’: Danielle Hayworth and Lee Crump Sr. look at a photo album celebrating the short life of their son. “It helps [hospice patients] to know that they did everything they could to enjoy that baby,” said Choices nurse Tammy Schafer, who assembled the album. (Craig Hacker / For The Times)
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