‘Counting On’ Star Joy-Anna Duggar Shares Heartbreaking Photo With Stillborn Baby Girl

By Tiffany Meier

“Counting On” star Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth shared heartbreaking photos from the hospital after her recent miscarriage.

Joy-Anna and husband Austin Forsyth posted a photo of them holding their stillborn daughter in the hospital on Friday, July 5.

“We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious,” the couple captioned the Instagram post. “So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!”

“Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!” they added.

The couple also shared a photo of the baby girl’s footprints, which are the length of a quarter.

“Such a precious little life! Annabell is so missed. We love you so much Joy and Austin!” sister-in-law Anna Duggar, who is currently expecting her sixth child, commented.

“You’re in my thoughts night and day. I love you so much and I’m so honored to call you my friend. You’re my hero!” Carlin Bates, from “Bringing Up Bates” wrote.

The couple revealed the tragic news on Wednesday.

“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 Instagram 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.

Joy-Anna Duggar also revealed they chose the name Annabell Elise since “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 added.

The baby girl was due in November.

Following the news, the Duggar family also issued a statement on Facebook.

“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.