Artist saves precious memory of Lawrence family's stillborn baby prints

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Lawrence family was mourning the loss of a stolen family treasure, when a guardian angel stepped in.

What started as a weekend to celebrate 17 years of marriage for Tim Gallagher and his wife Lydia turned into tragedy.

“My daughter called and said, ‘Dad, the house is flooding,” Tim said.
At home they found the wreckage and thousands of dollars’ worth of items stolen but, none more important than one.

“When she saw that box on the floor she knew and understood that this irreplaceable ceramic hand print footprint memento had been taken,” Tim said.

A ceramic plate with the hand and footprints of their stillborn son, Noah, was gone.

“The first thing that goes through your mind is why,” Tim said.

Tim took to Facebook with a plea to the thieves -- keep the jewelry and TV’s but bring back the plate.

“It seems so pointless, it has no monetary value,” said Tim. “It feels almost personal.”

Nearly 50,000 shares later, Tim got a message from an artist in Kansas City who recognized those tiny prints.

“I made the original one and I think I can help,” Tim explained.

She told him she kept a copy just in case.

“Her explanation was that it was just an act of a loving God that had preserved that for her and for us,” Tim said.

Still, he's holding out hope that the thieves see this.

“I forgive you,” he said. “I don't understand why you did it. I don't need to understand that but everyone needs forgiveness.”

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