Mom Discovers Music Soothes Baby Who Has 200 Seizures Per Day. Song Makes Everyone Breathless
Cailyn Finkel 4/12/2018
Most of us panic when our little ones get a common cold -- but the thought of our children having a terminal illness is just too much to bear. Sadly, that's precisely what Abigail Reimer Tanner has to deal with when it comes to her sweet one-year-old, Lincoln.
Little Lincoln was diagnosed with an extremely rare terminal disease called Malignant Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy (MMPSI) when he was a baby and every day since has been a struggle. Thankfully, Abigail, her husband, Justin, and their two other children, Cash and Chloe have set aside time to have memorable moments with their precious son.
The entire Tanner family is devoted to making Lincoln's time on Earth as special as can be...
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Abigail told People that the progression of MMSPI was swift -- they didn't have time to think about anything else except for their son's future.
"He started having seizures at a couple days old, but we didn't know that's what they were until four weeks later, and we took him to the hospital because he was turning purple and was having these strange episodes. At one point Lincoln was seizing every five minutes. That was frightening, but God gave us a peace, as scary and as dark as it did get."
Within a few days of his birth, Lincoln was going through more than 200 seizures a day. Thankfully, doctors were able to find a treatment plan that took his daily seizures down to just 20. In addition to the medical intervention, Abigail noticed music made a big improvement in her son's condition.
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That love for music is why Abigail stopped at the lobby piano at the Duke Cancer Institute and let her emotions loose. The inevitability of losing her son, the pain of each seizure and constant worry was a lot for Abigail's soul to handle -- playing the piano was a release for her and soothing for her son.
Abigail had no idea people were watching her sing "Never Enough" from The Greatest Showman when she sat down that day. By the time she was done singing, there was a crowd in the lobby and everyone gave her a round of applause. They sensed how emotional this performance was for Abagail and her child.
Fortunately, someone thought to record Abagail's song and share it on the Duke website, where it quickly went viral. Within a few days, it had been viewed more than 251,000 times and liked by more than 4,300 users!
Now Abagail is hoping her angelic voice can help raise awareness for MMPSI. She wrote on her Facebook page:
"To have borrowed the ears of so many and have this platform is a gift. Our son's disease is so rare and we'd love to raise awareness for more research.
Also, our message is that Lincoln's life is worth living. Some trolls have been saying harsh and hateful things. But I'm here to say that Lincoln is a treasure and I have changed, our whole family has changed for the better by knowing, loving, and caring for him.
Without saying a single word, he has preached over and over again of the things that matter, that God's promises are true, and to suffer with grace."
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Listen to Abigail serenade her sweet baby boy in the video below. We wish them nothing but the best...