‘Counting On’ Star Joy-Anna Duggar Has Suffered a Miscarriage: ‘I Didn’t Hear a Heartbeat’

By Tiffany Meier

“Counting On” and “19 Kids and Counting” star, Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth, has suffered a miscarriage.

On Wednesday, July 3, Forsyth shared the tragic news on her Instagram account.

“Today marks one week since we heard these words… ‘So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement,” Joy-Anna wrote in the post, alongside a black-and-white photo of her and her husband on a hospital bed.

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Today marks one week since we heard these words… . “So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.” . 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. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again. We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means “God has favored me”, and Elise means “God satisfies”. What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus. Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well. . “All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” -Fanny Crosby

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“We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl,” she continued.

“Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time,” she added.

She also revealed the name they chose for the baby girl.

“We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means ‘God has favored me,’ and Elise means ‘God satisfies.’ What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus,” she wrote. “Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well.”

The two are parents to 18-month-old Gideon.

The family announced in early May that they were expecting on their family website.

“A new baby will bring even more joy and blessings to their lives and ours. We are on cloud nine that another grandbaby will make a debut in 2019!,” Joy-Anna’s parents Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar wrote.

The baby girl was due in November.

The family issued a statement on Facebook following the news.

“We were so sad to hear that Joy and Austin’s baby girl passed away mid-way through their pregnancy. The pain of losing a child is unimaginable. Yet, for the one whose hope is in God, there is a peace that surpasses our finite understanding. We pray that God will comfort Joy and Austin and carry them through this difficult time,” Joy-Anna’s parents wrote.

Following the news, several family members commented on their post.

“We love y’all so much and we grieve with you over this loss,” commented Jessa Duggar Seewald, one of Joy-Anna 19 siblings, who recently welcomed her third child. “I love the name you chose and the meaning behind it. Annabell Elise will forever be in our hearts.”

“Heartbroken over your loss. We are so thankful for the joy her life brought and we look forward to seeing Annabel when we see Jesus in heaven. Love you so much Joy and Austin!” Anna Duggar, who is currently expecting her sixth child, commented.