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Gabriel John’s Story

This Web site is devoted to Gabriel John Ruthford, an infant born at 22 weeks and 6 days of gestation on April 25, 2012. We are his parents, Thomas Eric and Miriam Ruthford, from the Seattle area in Washington state. We are amazed by the miracle of life that he has shown us, and continually praying for his protection from his guardian saints, Gabriel, the Archangel, and John of San Francisco and Shanghai. We'll be posting detailed updates here and brief updates on Facebook.

Please click "Journal History" underneath the first journal entry if you'd like to see how this has progressed over recent weeks.

After three years of wondering whether we'd have a child, we were delighted by the appearance of our first pregnancy in December 2011. On April 15, Pascha on the Orthodox Christian calendar (also called Easter) Miriam started having very strong cramps. A trip to the doctor at 21 weeks of gestation revealed that her cervix was open and the amniotic sack was showing through. She spent a week and a half in the high-risk pregnancy division at Swedish Hospital First Hill on bed rest before giving birth at 22 weeks, 6 days of gestation, a frightening event making us wonder if he would survive. We have been amazed at the level of concern and generosity from our friends, family and fellow church-goers.

We've also been amazed at the number of people calling to check in on details. This site will allow us to make those kinds of updates in a nice chronological manner without getting sandwiched in between FarmVille updates on Facebook, and hopefully will connect us with other families who have been through similar struggles.

Latest Journal Update

The Continuing Adventures of Gabriel John

Now that we're home from the hospital, we will be chronicling Gabriel's progress and interesting notes on a new blog. He can be found at

We hope to see you there!