Joseph Shaw was a miracle baby for parents Stefan and Chelby; he was born weighing just two pounds with his legs fused together.
He was also born seven weeks early and without kidneys, bowels or genitals.
But this sweet baby would only live to be held in the arms of his parents for one day before he passed.
First time dad Stefan, from Derby, England, said he arrived at the hospital after his son was born to receive the upsetting news.
“When I got to the hospital they said that from the waist down Joseph was like a fish,” the 26-year-old told Derbyshire Live.
“I had never seen a baby like my son. He was like a mermaid, he was a unique, beautiful baby boy.”
Joseph’s parents were able to baptize him but he had to be closely monitored during the ceremony.
“They had to pump air into him while he was being christened to keep him alive,” Stefan said, according to The Sun newspaper.
“We stood around our miracle baby, had him christened for his last precious moments before we had to let him go.
“While I was holding him they took the tube out of his mouth and he died in my arms.
“It was very heartbreaking and extremely hard to let go of something that meant the world to you.”
This sweet baby never got a chance. I’m thankful that his parents got to meet him and hold him before he passed.
Please share to send love and strength to his parents at such a heartbreaking time.