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October is Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Awareness month

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Jennifer Hill lost her baby two years ago to Potter's Syndrome. Tonight Jennifer will light a candle and remember her son along with millions of other moms who lost babies during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Jennifer Hill lost her baby two years ago to Potter's Syndrome. Tonight Jennifer will light a candle and remember her son along with millions of other moms who lost babies during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.
TROY, AL (WSFA) -

Lighting a candle on this date every October has become a ritual for Jennifer Hill of Troy, Alabama. That's because October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month with special emphasis on the 15th. 

We caught up with Hill at her mom's business in Troy and Hill tells a heartbreaking story of losing her 4th child, a baby boy. His name was Eli. 

"I left the hospital with empty arms. That was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," said Hill. 

Eli was born with Potter's Syndrome, a condition in which the baby's kidneys and lungs never fully form in the womb. Medical research shows most infants with Potter's Syndrome are stillborn. Potter's Syndrome was named after Dr. Edith Potter who as a parinatal pathologist discovered the illness in babies in 1946.  

Those who survive birth sometimes live one to two days. Eli lived just two hours. Hill showed WSFA 12 News a few photos of her and her husband Jamie holding Eli just moments after he passed away a little more than two years ago. 

"You know there was a supernatural peace there. We knew where he was going," Hill said. 

And so on this Monday night at 7 o' clock the Hills will light a candle at their home and remember, remember Eli and the other moms across the country who've lost babies to various illnesses. 

Hill says Potter's Syndrome strikes one out of every 10,000 to 40,000 births. There is no prevention, no cure. 

Jennifer Hill has moved on from the trauma of losing her infant son although she can never forget. October will always be a bittersweet month. 

"I loved the fact that he was in my arms. Eli died in my arms," Hill said. 

Bitter because she lost a child, sweet in knowing Eli was loved before he died.

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