Showing signs of renal failure, 92-year-old Jean Roper was only given 3 weeks to live by her care doctors but this old lady defied the odds because she wanted to meet her great-great-granddaughter who wasn’t due until a few weeks later.
Photographer Kayla Tracy shared her story with Love What Matters, narrating how her great-grandmother was told by doctors she was dying. Having been bed-ridden for months, it was inevitable. But things changed when she learned that her great-great-granddaughter will be named after her.
Knowing they had very little time on their hands, Kayla’s pregnant sister quit her job to care for their great grandmother.
“I just want to live long enough to see that baby girl,” Jean told her great granddaughter.
When Magnolia Jean was born, Great-Great-Grandmother Jean was so excited that she began getting up on her own and doing chores around the house to await the new arrival. She would prepare breakfast for her and her husband who’s actually blind now and has lost 90% of his hearing.
Her health improved each passing day. When she finally met her great-great-granddaughter, Jean was well enough to carry the child. It was a beautiful moment.
A few weeks later, Kayla was able to get her great-grandparents pose for a photoshoot on the day of their 75th wedding anniversary. It was really a beautiful moment – and it happened 9 weeks after the old lady’s 3-week deadline!
Who would have thought that such a small bundle of joy would make this old lady feel so much better again?