They're Picking Out A Casket For Their Unborn Son. My Heart Broke When I Saw Why
This haunting video, "Choosing Thomas," chronicles Deidrea and T.K. Laux as they opt to give birth to their son, born with trisomy 13, knowing that he would live only a few days at most. When Sonya Herbert met the Laux family, she was working with the Dallas Morning News on a piece on pediatric hospice. Herbert was a relatively new photojournalist, but the kind of intimacy she captured with them is astounding. When she first met with the couple, it was shortly after they learned from their five-month sonogram about the trisomy 13 and their son's prognosis. The way Sonya Herbert looks at it, "This was a story that had all the joys of life and all the sorrow, wrapped up in a short period of time, in a five-day life."