Markie Coffer and her boyfriend Travis Matheson had decided to attend the concert even though her baby was already a week overdue.
“We decided, ‘Oh, we’ll go. Maybe it will help (my baby) come out’ and we were just there having fun,” the new mom told Fox 5 Vegas. They were having a great time along with Matheson’s brother when the chaos broke out.
Luckily, Matheson a U.S. Army veteran, was able to help the group to crawl to safety.
During the escape, Matheson’s brother Cody was shot in the shoulder by one of the gunman’s bullets. But they eventually made it to safety, and were driven by one of Cody’s friends to a local hospital, where doctors and nurses were frantically working to save the wounded.
Just two days later in the same hospital, their healthy baby boy was born.
“He’s been unique since the beginning,” Coffer told the news outlet about her new son, who they named Wyatt. Both parents were so relieved that their baby was not only healthy, but also that he was welcomed into the world by two healthy parents, too.
Then, a local Las Vegas photographer spotted their story on the news.
Shiran Mariasov of MBF Photography was so moved by the story of the baby born so soon after the tragedy, she offered a free photoshoot for the newborn. The resulting images are among the most powerful to emerge in the aftermath of the tragedy.
The photos have served as a moving declaration of hope in the face of tragedy.
“He is our Vegas Strong baby.” MBF posted to its Facebook page. Wyatt’s parents agree. His dad even described him to their local news outlet as “a light at the end of the tunnel.” The photos show that Wyatt is definitely a ray of light. If you want to see even more of the newborn, there’s even a video.