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This little girl was born with no pituitary gland, and has to receive her daily hormones via injection. A scene where she is shown carefree and having fun reminds everyone that her life is more than just the shots.
This little boy has Crouzon syndrome, a craniofacial disorder. Forker incorporates the helmet perfectly into the picture, saying, “I wanted him to know ‘The Sky’s the Limit.’ As he grows up and sees that photo, I hope that he will believe that anything is possible for him.”
This scene, called “Forget-Me-Not Fairy,” is especially sad. The little girl was only given up to 12 months to live. “Even though she may be leaving [her adoptive family] soon,” said Forker, “She will never be forgotten.” The roses are a reference to her name, Ellis Rose.
As straightforward as this composition is, the photographer says she is always surprised by the reaction it gets. She’s seen “grown men moved to tears” by its simple message.
The most popular of all of Forker’s work, this portrait is a nod to the motto of a campaign to raise awareness for rare genetic diseases: “Hope -- it’s in our genes.”
This little one underwent fetal surgery for spina bifida. Here she is shown with the incision scar clearly visible, but safe and peaceful  inside her mother’s womb. The surgery was successful, and the baby is healthy and happy.
The title of this one is “Joy Power.” On the Precious Baby Project’s Facebook page, The girl’s parents explain that the doctors who talked about her diagnosis said that “her life expectancy was 2 - 10 years. However, the doctors did not tell us how amazing she would be. That she would be the happiest, silliest, and sweetest girl. She is the hardest working child. She is a fighter and she is resilient … She is our superhero and her perseverance inspires us.”
“Despite his zipper scar and half a heart, to us, he is perfect,” says this boy’s mother. The half-heart constellation in the sky is a reference to the open heart surgery this little one went through. The scene is meant to remind us that "The darkest nights produce the brightest stars."
Says Forker, “I wanted to include a lot of symbolism for CHD (Congenital Heart Disease), so I incorporated the colors red and blue throughout the scene as well as a CHD tree with the awareness ribbon. Since this baby's heart is still in the process of being mended, I decided to add a bear mending his heart with love, with the stitching not yet complete. What a joy this adorable little guy is!!!”
This boy, the youngest of 12 children, was born with Down syndrome after a particularly difficult pregnancy. The scene reflects how, his mother says, “Not only did God carry us all through the storm, but He also brightened our life with a new ray of light.”
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