It should have been the happiest time of her life, but Taylor Masilotti could only wipe away tears as the technician showed her the image of her unborn baby on the ultrasound screen.
Beside her, Taylor's mom looked into her daughter's eyes and patted her cheek. In a single moment, a deep understanding came to Taylor. "I just looked at her and everything kind of flashed," she said. "It hit me more that she wouldn't be there."
Taylor's mother was terminally ill, battling Stage 4 brain and lung cancer, they both knew that she didn't have much time left. Her mother had been sick for some time and was now being cared for at Longmont United Hospital in Westminister, Colorado. Taylor wanted to share every moment they had left together, so they arranged for an ultrasound machine to be brought to her mother's room.
"I kind of thought, 'How am I going to do this?'" Masilotti said. "I couldn't picture myself going through this without her."
As mother and daughter laid side-by-side, the technician describes what they're looking at and then says, "you have a daughter." Taylor and her mother smile at eachother through tear-filed eyes and the new grandmother says, "no way..." then pats her daughter's cheek. The two share a tender moment and the technician points out the baby's adorable little feet.
"She reached over and she patted my cheek, which is something that she has always done," Masilotti said. "At that moment is when I kind of knew she was still fighting, but ready to go as well."
Three days later, Taylor's mom died.
This bittersweet moment will be one that Taylor cherishes for the rest of her life, and she tells local news that the tiny girl will share a middle name with her grandmother. "She will know that the love that my mom had for her, because even without seeing her, my mom loved her a lot already," Masilotti said.
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