Jordan Ablett has revealed the heartbreaking moment when he learned something was wrong with his son – and the regret he has carried since.
Jordan Ablett has revealed the heartbreaking moment when he found out something was wrong with his son Levi.
The wife of soccer legend Gary Ablett Jr. has repeatedly spoken about the joy Levi brought into the couple’s life, despite the adorable three-year-old being diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease at a young age.
He revealed the tragic news last year that his son had a short life expectancy.
She announced more heart-wrenching news on her Instagram account in April when revealing that they had been told they would likely never hear their son speak.
If that wasn’t enough to overwhelm any parent, Jordan this week revealed that he still regrets not having his son medically checked before he knew something was wrong in March 2020.
He expressed his regret in a photo that captured his heartbreaking situation in a devastating way.
“These photos were taken in March 2020. Levi is a few months past his first birthday and while on set it became clear that something was not right,” he wrote alongside a collage of photos from the studio shoot.
“I remember the photographer asked me if Levi could stand/sit and I said no and as we continued to take photos I thought ‘this is not right’. When I tried to get him into a standing position he wouldn’t put any weight on his legs at all, he was very floppy in all positions, had very poor head control and mostly (if not all the time) kept it down. tightly clenched.”
Her post was motivated to be a message to other parents not to delay acting on the suspicions they have about their children’s health.
“I still cherish all the photos of me with my boys but I have to say there was a bit of sadness when I saw some because I don’t understand how things went under the radar for so long,” Jordan wrote.
“Having no children before Levi, I can’t compare and don’t know what’s typical of babies and what’s not. If you have the slightest doubt about your child’s development, whether it’s just an incessant thought or hunch like we do, I encourage you to raise your concern with a professional and stick around if your concern persists.
“If there happens to be a problem then you are a parent who knows and puts babies first because you love them and want them to be okay. If there are no issues then you are an insecure parent and put the baby first because you love them and want them to be okay. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions and seeking professional support. I feel like I need to share this!”
The wives of several Geelong players, including popular influencer Emma Hawkins, thanked Jordan for sharing the message.
Jordan and Gary were blessed last year to welcome daughter Grace Honor Ablett in November — giving Levi a younger sister.