Lee Dingle, 37, was playing in the ocean with three of his six children on a family vacation when he was struck and killed by a powerful wave.
Two weeks after the freak accident killed her husband in July of 2019, Shannon Dingle discovered she was pregnant with his baby.
“I was terrified,” Shannon, a 38-year-old writer from North Carolina, told TODAY Parents, noting that she lives with chronic health conditions that would make pregnancy life-threatening.
Shannon, a former pro-life speaker, began preparing for an abortion. She didn’t tell anyone.
“I needed to sort through it by myself and I didn’t want anyone to convince me to change my mind,” Shannon explained.
Three of the Dingle’s children have special needs: cerebral palsy, HIV and autism.
“I couldn’t do it without my person. I couldn’t do