Baby Eliot's Story on Oprah: 99 Balloons | 99 Days with Eliot
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Eliot’s Story on Oprah: 99 Balloons | 99 Days

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I really like Google for many reasons. Not only do they have some fantastic applications that I use on a regular basis, they also help people find my blog. There are many search phrases where I rank pretty high in Google, including “Elliot’s Blog” and I’d like to think most people who search for Elliot’s Blog are looking for me.

Today, I noticed a large spike in traffic from Google, with many people looking for search variations including “baby elliot’s blog,” “elliot on oprah,” “baby elliot’s journal,” and others that were similar. Curious, I went to find out what people wanted, since Google was clearly sending people to the wrong site. I found that people were looking for something featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show today, “99 Days with Eliot.”

I found the Baby Eliot “99 Balloons” video, so instead of sending people on a wild goose chase to find it on Google, I embedded it above. It’s a tearjerker and quite a story.

If you are interested in learning more about Trisomy 18, or if you’d like to make a donation to help with researching this disease, please visit the Trisomy 18 Foundation’s website.


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Comments (40)

    Ms Domainer

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    Thanks, Elliot.

    What strong young parents Eliot has. They really loved that child and did everything they could to make his short life happy.

    I posted this video on my Post Foetry blog (with credit to you):

    http://www.postfoetry.com/2008/10/baby-eliot-99-balloons.html

    This is a story that should make its way around the web. Very poignant and well-done video.

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    October 28th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    owen frager

    Let me remind you. Elliot’s Blog is the most valuable name you’ll ever own and the highest value resale you’ll ever close.

    October 28th, 2008 at 11:05 pm
    October 28th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Glen

    Dear Eliot,

    You are an inspiration. I saw your video for the first time today and it really put things in perspective. Even though your life was short, it seems your brought more joy to the world than others who live to be 99 years old.

    -Glen

    October 28th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    A Friend

    I have never seen such love, I wish I could have that

    October 29th, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Adam

    Thanks Mr Silver. Stories like these make me thankful for what I have and remind me to cherish them.

    PS: http://www.fightsma.org.

    October 29th, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Dan Root

    Heh, I guess some people don’t realize your site is not the actual site they seek (the guy above me)…

    Anyhow, it’s nice to see you do this for everyone seeking the original Oprah story. Kudos!

    October 29th, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Just amazed

    thats so sad. on oprah it nearly made me cry. Its so sweet! and sad.

    October 29th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Sara

    This made me sob, the sweetness of his parents and the love they shared for their Son but not giving up on him, and always having faith in God. What a beautiful story. My Son is the light of my life and I am grateful to him each and every day of his life, he’ll be 11 months old on Nov. 1st and I have never found more joy or felt more blessed in my life since he came to us. My heart beams with emotion for Eliot’s Mom and Dad and I am thrilled they are expeting, they are amazing people, bright, beautiful parents.
    God bless.
    Sara

    October 29th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    jose

    Thank you! God be with you and your family.

    October 29th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Michael Knott

    Thoe I am only sixteen I fell very understanding about the story I have just heared.And thoe I have never experienced anything close to this even thoe I lost my father due to a heartatack and I know what is like to loose a loved one.May your family and you child rest in peace.

    October 29th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Karen

    Thank you – for making me remember how very blessed I am. A parent should never have to bury their child, NEVER.

    October 30th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Donna

    My neice Macy, also had Trisomy 18 and we only had her for 8 days. She was so precious to us. She was the first grandchild, my brother’s first baby and we still love her very much. The kind of pain you go through losing a child can not be put into words. We thank God for giving her to us for those 8 days. Since then my brother has been blessed with twins, Ava and Kylie. We still put up a Christmas stocking for little Macy every year along with the twins stockings. My heart goes out to this young couple as we know exactly what they went through.

    October 31st, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Jessica

    Thank you so much for posting this video. My daughter has Trisomy 18 and is now 88 days old. This video made myself and my mom cry uncontrolably. You posting this lets others be informed, and lets people like myself know that we’re not alone.

    November 1st, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    janet

    i am a mother of 3 amazing children .. i just wanted to let you know that this is an awesome life line for this one lil amazing boy .. it is truly amazing how much love one child can bring you with only such a short time to be here… god bless you and keep you in his hands forever

    November 5th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Nicole

    THank you. My son Leonidas died 2 hours after birth, of trisomy 18 a year ago. Although I have since been blessed with a newborn daughter. I think of my little “lion” everyday.
    thank you for this video, i can see my son in him

    November 5th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    dr.hanooo

    this vedio made me cry for hours ….
    god bless all moms they are the heros of everydaylife.

    November 12th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Karen

    A beautiful and touching testament of a parents’ unconditional love for their child and for God. Their faith is amazing. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I will be praying for your family, and for all who watch this wonderful video- that they will see the love of God in your special gift, Eliot.

    November 12th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Faith

    Sometimes I hate this world so mutch, I wished it would fall apart right away due to unfairness like this…

    But than again…, seeing how beautiful love can be and how it can make even the darkest of hours shine like gold, it makes me think about my statement above more than twice.

    It’s the main reason our world sould continue spinning…

    And for finally making me come to peace with this conclusion, I’d like to thank you Elliot.

    Yours sincerely,
    Faith.

    March 4th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Luís

    Dear Elliot:

    My name is Luís, I’m 35 and I’m from Portugal, Europe.
    I saw yesterday Eliot’s story on Oprah.
    I ‘m a layer and I have 5 children.
    When I saw Eliot’s baby story I thought who lucky Eliot was (is) on having such parents.
    I know he is with Jesus, and that is a big consolation to parents.
    Congratulations for your testemony and I hope you both continue being so happy and strong.
    Best regards

    June 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Jim

    Dear Eliot Harman Mooney,

    I just wanted to say to you that you are beautiful, and your story has changed me forever.

    The love and strength you and your parents have is something to be cherished and proud of.

    While you are only separated by the time each has left in this world, know that you will be remembered with love every day until that time.

    While a parent should never have to bury their child, I can hear in your fathers voice that he would not change a moment of your life if he had a chance.

    Thank you for the special gift you gave us all Eliot.

    June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Olívia

    Dear Elliot,
    I saw you 2 days ago on the Oprah Show here in Portugal and, as your dad wrote some months ago, i also had the curiosity to see your blog.
    I want to congratulate, you for your stengh for living ,and your parents for loving you so much…
    I´m sure you are happy now and taking care of your mum, dad and baby brother or sister.
    Please forgive me for my bad inglish…i did my best :)

    June 5th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    sherry patrick

    Dear Elliots parents youll are so brave and have so much courage thattook a lot for you to do that pretty much knowing your baby wasnt going to make it you are a inpiration to me and may god forever bless you and the new baby

    June 17th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Jennifer

    Dear Eliot,
    I saw you today on Oprah and I want to tell you what wonderful parents you chose to bring you into this world for 99 days.
    I also want to tell you to look for another trisomy 18 Angel named Jacqueline Lee. She is my niece and she was born on June 11, 1999 and went to be with God on July 28, 1999.
    We love and miss her very much, and now my heart grieves a little less knowing she has you to keep her for us until it’s our time to be together again…
    I love you Eliot.
    Jackie’s Aunt Jay

    June 17th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Paige

    Elliot’s Parents-

    Elliot’s story is truley amazing and such an inspiration.
    Good luck with your new baby :)

    June 18th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Jan Aronson

    Dear Eliot,

    I saw your video on Oprah today. My, you were so very handsome. I know your Momma & Daddy absolutely adore you…we all do! Say hello to Lauri-she had cyctic fibrosis so long ago, in a time when all children died from it. I wondered for nearly 50 years if she was alone & now I know she isn’t. Say hello to my little boy who came so very early, we barely had time to know he would be a little boy. He was as loved and wanted, just as you were. Stay safe & we will all be together and have picnics & fly kites and splash in the water……..

    June 18th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    gracie

    Dear Elliot,may god be with you from heaven above you lived for 99 days that’s a lot for you like a little boy like you you were luck for your mom and dad and they celebrated just for you that’s a very nice think they did for you again let god be with you forever.

    love,

    Gracie

    June 18th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Karla

    Hola soy mexicana y mama, el dia de ayer mire el Show de Oprah y tuve la bendicion de conocer su historia, toco las fibras mas sensibles de mi corazon y me hizo darle mas valor a mi vida y a la de mi hija, espero que Dios siempre los llene de Bendiciones y hoy que esperan a su proximo sea recibido en un hogar como el que nos mostraron ayer a todo el mundo, lleno de amor, de alegria, dicha y felicidad.

    June 18th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    amanda

    DEAR ELIOT,

    YOU ARE TRULY A BLEESING FROM GOD! YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER ARE TRULY STRONG AND HAVE A LOT OF COURAGE. I DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE BEEN AS STRONG AS THEM…. YOUR STORY IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION…THE TIME YOU SPENT ON EARTH WAS A GIFT FROM GOD TELLING US THAT DON’T TAKE ANY DAY FOR GRANTED. I FAITH IN GOD AND ONE DAY WE WILL BE TOGETHER IN A PARADISE… WERE THERE IS NO HURT OR SADNESS… AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY AND I WILL CHERISH IT… YOUR FRIEND AMANDA

    June 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    shay hughes

    Your story was heartbreaking.My 18 yr old daughter is 8mo pregnant &her baby girl also has trisomy18.Icalled her immeditly after i seen the story on oprah.Thank you very much for sharing your story.Ithink it helped her alot to see shes not the only one going through or went through this.Shes very hopeful.also ithink it showed her to cherish every moment she has with her baby girl.again thank you very much.congrats on elliots new brother or sister

    June 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    bob

    You guys are amazing.I am a father of a 15 yr old boy.I played college and pro football.I have been told that I am a little “rough” around the edges and not much touches my feelings but you guy actually made me cry.God bless you and Elliot is with god.This world is SO unfair many times and things happen with no reason but i guess it is god’s reason.Take care and enjoy your new baby! Bob

    June 24th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Darren

    You guys are great!!! Thanks for the warm feeling you brought to me today. Hope your family the best!!

    Darren

    June 24th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Greg Scobee

    The Lord has allowed me to go through many trying times in my life…some I chose to go through, some He chose for me. What I have learned through it all is that maybe what I have experienced is not about me, but how I can use what I have learned to help someone else. You have to know that your experience with Eliot has touched many lives and will continue to forever. I am so thankful you acknowledged the Lord through all of your heartache and He will bless you more than you can ever imagine. Thank you for your story. And thank you for letting us all have a chance to get to know Eliot.

    Greg

    June 26th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Suzanne Bandy

    THANKS SO MUCH TO ELLIOTS PARENTS (AND UNCLE) FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH US—- THAT WAS SUCH A JESUS THING TO DO! LITTLE DID YOU KNOW HOW THE LORD WAS ABOUT TO USE YOU ALL (FOR THE WHOLE WORLD!). THANK YOU FOR BEING OPEN TO IT. YOU NOT ONLY GAVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO LITTLE ELLIOT, BUT TO US OUT HERE – WHOM YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW! I SAW ELLIOT WHEN THE VIDIO WAS FIRST POSTED AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE THEN. THIS TIME AFTER SEEING IT ON TBN AND THEN OPRAH- I DECIDED TO WRITE “ELLIOT” ACROSS EVERY PAGE OF MY CALENDAR AS A REMINDER THAT EVERY ONE I COME IN CONTACT WITH IS AS LITTLE ELLIOT- NEEDLESS TO SAY- MY LIFE HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. I NEEDED THE NUDGE, I NEEDED THE PUSH – TO REMEMBER HOW PRECIOUS EVERYONE IS, ESPECIALLY FAMILY! GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER —-SUE B.

    June 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Scott Tirman

    Hello, I am 16 years old. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Elliot was not just a child, he was truly a gift from God. Your story has been truly a large part of my life. Elliot’s story has taught me that everyday is truly a gift, you never know when God will choose to take you, and the question is “Will you be ready?” God has truly blessed you with Elliot and even though he is not with us today, he is waiting for you up in heaven and he will be there when you get there. I can’t say I know how you feel because I do not, but I do know that the pain you feel is overwhelming. The reward the world gives is no match as to what it can take away. I want you to know that God has truly used you in a way that is unimaginable. May God bless you and be with you forever more.

    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Susan Gordon

    Dear Eliot,

    Your story is amazing. I hope you are having a wonderful time in heaven. God bless your family. I know you are watching over them.

    April 26th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Katrina

    Everyone should love and be loved like this. The world would truly be a better place. God Bless Baby Eliot.

    April 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Liz denOuden

    I just watched the story of Elliot on TODAY SHOW and was so touched and intrigued. My son Alexander passed away at age 11 months. When he was first born the doctors told us he had Trisomy 18 but they weren’t 100% sure. When I saw Elliot he resembled my Alex so much. We were fortunate to have Alex with us for 11 months and was also fed through a feeding tube and struggled to survive each day. We miss him so much and cherish each day we had with him.

    May 7th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Bri Matthews

    Dear Eliot,

    you’re video brought me to tears. i myself am a 16 year old girl and i take what i do have in life for granted. seeing you’re film for the first time really puts the world into perspectve. you were a strong little man who deserved all the happiness and love you got in your short life, youre father was extremely proud as is the rest of the world after seeing your short life.
    you’re parents are an inspiration to the world. well done and rest in peace little man.
    -to your parents, you inspire me more than any celebrity. you are the real heros of this world.

    March 13th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Dewi

    dear Elliot,

    i watch ur video today. u are a brave baby to be able to survice for 99 days. Being bless to have such a great parents. this story is really inspiration for all parents in the world.

    August 9th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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