Parents Who Created Bucket List for Baby Say Goodbye
byKaitlin StanfordOct 10, 2014
Little Shane Michael Haley may have only been in this world a few hours, but he’d already managed to meet the Philadelphia Phillies, travel to the top of the Empire State Building and indulge in a Philly cheesesteak during his short life. That’s because his parents, Jenna and Dan Haley, lovingly made a bucket list for their unborn son while he was still in the womb, and they dutifully checked off each item before he’d even arrived.
It was all part of a little plan they’d hatched, after Shane was diagnosed with anencephaly several months ago. The birth defect causes a baby to be born without parts of the brain and skull, meaning their life expectancy is limited to just a few hours, or at most, a few days.
And so, while in utero, he jetted off to New York to be in Times Square, visited the sand at the Jersey shore and explored the streets of his hometown in Philly. But after many months spent enjoying the outside world from safely inside his mom’s tummy, Shane finally decided to make his arrival. According to the family’s Facebook page Prayers for Shane, the infant was born at 2:25 a.m. on Thursday morning, and died several hours later, but not before he got to spend some precious time with his parents.
“Today at 6:15 a.m., after meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his mother’s arms,” read a post on Prayers for Shane. “We are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to hold and hug our son.”
While Shane’s passing is unimaginably heartbreaking for his parents and family, the Haleys aren’t grieving his loss alone. Some 700,000 fans follow the Prayers for Shane Facebook page, and the Haleys say the support that has flooded in since Shane’s birth (and death) has been getting them through it all.
“The support and prayers we have received from all of you [has] been amazing and we want to thank each of you with all our hearts,” the couple said. “Shane spent his entire life in the arms of people that loved him unconditionally and I don’t think you could ask for a more beautiful life [than] that.”