Anyone who has spent time with someone who is pregnant knows how difficult those last few weeks can be. It’s tough to get around, everything aches, and it’s a chore to get up and do just about anything.
So, imagine being 40 weeks pregnant, at a concert with 20,000 others, and having to flee for your life – and your unborn child’s life – as gunfire rains down on the concertgoers.
That’s exactly what happened to Markie Coffer, who attended the Route 91 country music festival in hopes of inducing labor for her overdue son, the Daily Mail reported. She managed to safely leave the concert, thanks to help from her army boyfriend, Travis Matheson, and gave birth to her son, Wyatt, on October 3, two days after the shooting.
Shortly after his birth, Wyatt was photographed with a cowboy hat and miniature guitar, accompanied by lights spelling “Vegas Strong.”
Wyatt’s photo shoot was shared on the MBF Photography Facebook page on October 10. A week later it has almost 2,000 shares and has gone viral, earning shares from local news stations not only in Las Vegas, but in places like Philadelphia and Charlotte. “He is a beacon of hope. We feel so fortunate to have met both Wyatt and his parents. Thank you for trusting us to take photos of your beautiful baby boy,” the post shared.
Shiran shared more encouraging words with BabyCenter, as she sees “that sweet boy as the light of our town” She also bestowed credit upon Coffer as well. “His mom was able to save her life and his by surviving that terrible day. She is a hero! I can’t even imagine being 40 weeks pregnant and running for your life.”
BabyCenter notes about Wyatt that “In his innocent eyes, there is hope for a very bright future.” Shiran also said that “Out of the darkness we are finding our light again!”
Of their son’s birth, Matheson said Wyatt is “the light of the end of the tunnel,” with Coffer adding that “he’s been unique since the beginning.”
Shiran also shared a behind the scenes video look of the memorable and touching photo shoot for this “Vegas Strong” baby.