Final moments of newborn's life captured in beautiful and devastating photos

NORTHWOOD (13abc Action News) - Lyndsay and Matthew Brentlinger struggled for years to get pregnant, but on December 17th they had a set of twins: one boy and one girl.

In photographs, the newborns, William and Reagan, appear to be healthy babies, but pictures don't always tell the whole story.

"He just had a bunch of abnormalities," said Lyndsay. "The left side of his heart was not functioning."

At the 23rd week of her pregnancy, doctors told the couple their son would be a still-born.

"With twins you have frequent ultrasounds," said Lyndsay. "They said we just see something abnormal with the heart and sent me to maternal fetal medicine."

Instead, their baby boy came home, and for 11 days the family of four enjoyed what time they had together.

"They were the happiest 11 days of my life," said Matthew.

A friend of the Brentlinger's contacted Lindsey Brown, a professional photographer from Whitehouse. Despite being booked, Brown squeezed in a last minute newborn session for the family.

"Pictures are just memories," said Brown. "I know how much people cherish them, so I was really glad I was able to do that for them."

"I cried the first time i looked at them. I still cry sometimes," said Lyndsay. "They are beautiful and he is beautiful. In some of them, you can see he is wide awake with his big beautiful eyes. It's something we will definitely cherish."