Joy-Anna Duggar and Husband Austin Forsyth Comfort Stillborn Baby

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Joy-Anna Duggar and husband Austin Forsyth share photos of stillborn baby after miscarriage
Photo courtesy Austin and Joy-Anna Instagram

In a heartbreaking message on Thursday (July 4), Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, announced to the world that they suffered a miscarriage of their baby girl, Annabell Elise, during Joy’s second trimester.

The couple took to Instagram to share the news about their baby. “We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl.Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord,” they shared in the initial post on their joint account.

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On Friday (July 6), Joy-Anna and Austin shared a photo on Instagram of the couple holding their stillborn daughter. In a series of photos, friends and family can be seen surrounding the couple and their baby to say goodbye. As a final photo, the baby’s footprints were placed next to a quarter to show how small Annabell was at 20 weeks.

“We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious,” they wrote in the post. “So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!💝😇 Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!💕 Thank you, @carlinbates98 for coming to town to be here for me and for doing my hair and makeup for pictures with our little girl!💖.”

The friend, Carlin Bates—star of Bringing Up Bates—whom Joy mentioned, also took to Instagram to share heartfelt works about the Duggar-Forsyth family.

“I wish there were words to express how broken hearted I am for my best friend,” she began. “Seeing her give birth to her little girl, Annabell Elise, and knowing that she would never be able to hold her again while on earth just brings tears to my eyes. Yet, through it all, she has been so strong and held on to Jesus, knowing that we will see her little baby in heaven one day. I know that Jesus doesn’t promise that we will not face difficulties in this life, but He does promise to be by our side every step of the way. I’m so grateful to have a friend as precious as Joy, and I know that she would covet prayers at this hard time.”

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Joy-Anna and Austin, who are parents to almost 2-year-old son Gideon, announced that they were expecting their second child in May. They took to their family website to share a message about their impending arrival.

“Our favorite math is addition and we are very excited to share that the Forsyth family is adding a member! Marriage and being a mom and dad to Gideon has already far exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to loving another little one and seeing what special dynamic he or she brings to our family. Table for 4 sounds perfect!”

Our thoughts go out to Joy-Anna and Austin and family.