Heath White completely changed his mind about his daughter with Down syndrome and regrets pushing his wife to abort her.

ESPN Airs the Story of a Dad Who Wanted to Abort His Daughter

ESPN airs a weekly show called “E:60.” This investigative hour-long show highlights stories – often personal, touching, and sometimes tragic ones – related to sports. On October 1, ESPN posted a segment of “E:60” called “Perfect” to YouTube. “Perfect” is nothing less than a gripping, life-changing tale.

Heath White, a military man, marathon runner, and all-around success story, was suddenly faced with a choice. During his wife’s second pregnancy, Heath discovered that his new daughter would be born less than perfect, to his way of thinking. Heath admits that he pressured his wife to have an abortion, yet she bravely refused.

But the story doesn’t stop there. After Paisley was born, Heath decided to be her father. From this precious girl, he has learned what “perfection” really is. And he would undoubtedly tell you that his life would be wholly imperfect without the gift of Paisley. Once unwanted, now greatly loved, Paisley has taught her dad how perfect life can truly be when we welcome each little one.

Watch the story for yourself. It’s just under fifteen minutes long, and it will be some of the best fifteen minutes of your life. Not only does Heath’s story show the beauty of every life – originally wanted or not – but it also shows the power of a changed life. No matter the decisions we have made or have almost made, we can be made new. We can change today and value every single life.

Life itself is perfect.

  • K. Ahlborn

    Sorry to bother you but as much as I wanted to watch this video, it simply didn’t work for me. I thought you should know. Maybe the link is broken or something? Anyway, I hope you get it resolved. Hopefully I’m helping.

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Hmm…thanks for letting me know. I just tried it though, and it’s working for me. Maybe try going directly to YouTube – I gave the link to that on the title “Perfect” early on in the article. Or, you can always go directly to YouTube and search E:60 Perfect.

  • LydiaG

    Wow, such a beautiful story; it brought tears to my eyes. So glad Paisley’s mom defended her life and her father had a change of heart. May God bless this family. Hopefully by hearing their story, more people will see how beautiful life really truly is.

  • Jewels Green

    Wow… I am weeping with joy for the beauty of this family and this father’s profound change of heart–and his unflinching acceptance of how wrong he was to consider his beautiful daughter better off dead. Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristi.

  • sarswar64

    Beautifuld story. Beautiful little girl. What a loss that would’ve been if they never had her!

  • Emily M

    it took me till the end to realise that this pulled a heartstring within me. What a miracle down syndrome children are, they have so much love for people and there so resilient, I knew a girl in school, she was in year 7 when i was in year 8 or nine, she had downs, and the school teachers told me i wasn’t allowed to hug her or anything, even if she asked for one. I gave her a hug once, and she gave me the best hug ive ever recieved. I dont understand all these stigmas surrounding disabled people. people with Downs, are miracles, angels even.

  • Kit

    Too bad everyone doesn’t always have the resources, emotional, financial, or medical, to be able to have every child. For them I am glad there is a choice. I am also glad it worked out for this family.

  • love always, daddy. What a powerful change God made in this man to be the daddy to his little girl.

  • K. Dowdeswell

    powerful story. brilliantly told. thank you.