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Kristi and Justin Rogers watched and waited with their 2-year-old daughter for a heart transplant to save her life. But even though a complication kept that from happening, the parents shared the photos of her last moments to help other families.

According to CafeMom, the Kentucky family held onto hope that Adalynn, who was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD), would get a life-saving heart transplant.

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In November 2017, the toddler was left without oxygen for 15 to 25 minutes when she aspirated. It caused such severe brain damage that she was no longer eligible for a new heart.

Then in December, doctors performed surgery on Adalynn after she suffered heart failure. They implanted a right ventricular assist device, which helps a weakened heart pump blood, but it wasn't enough.

The 2-year-old's family was given time to say their last goodbyes. Kristi, Justin, and Adalynn's three siblings gathered by the dying child's hospital bed one last time. Adalynn passed away on January 29.

Mom Kristi posted on Facebook the heartwrenching last photos, along with a touching poem for her daughter:

She wrote:

Tell me, what does it look like in heaven?

Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?

Does the sun shine bright forever?

Have your fears and your pain gone away?

'Cause here on earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left

And here on earth everything's different, there's an emptiness

Oh-oh, I,

I hope you're dancing in the sky

I hope you're singing in the angel's choir

I hope the angels know what they have

I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived

So tell me, what do you do up in heaven?

Are your days filled with love and light?

Is there music? Is there art and invention?

Tell me are you happy? Are you more alive?

'Cause here on earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left

And here on earth everything's different, there's an emptiness

Oh-oh, I,

I hope you're dancing in the sky

And I hope you're singing in the angel's choir

And I hope the angels know what they have

I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived

I hope you're dancing in the sky

And I hope you're singing in the angel's choir

And I hope the angels know what they have

I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived

Since you arrived

Photographer Suha Dabit took the emotional photos of the toddler and her family saying goodbye.

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Dabit, who is a mother of a heart transplant recipient, volunteered to take the pictures. She told CafeMom:

“Although I knew it would be extremely hard to take these images, I knew that these will be their last memories of her captured. I know they will hate and love looking at these images forever.”

To give the family privacy, Dabit left the room moments before the doctors removed the machine keeping Adalynn alive.

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Dabit knows firsthand the fear and pain the family has lived with, but her daughter survived the wait. Dabit explained:

“[She] received her heart after six months of waiting. We have a happier ending and were able to bring our sweet girl home again. That was five years ago in February.”

The photographer told CafeMom she's “been in their shoes”:

“This could have very easily been us. I felt Kristi's unconditional love for Addy and the excruciating pain. It was hard, I could barely hold it together. I left with a piece of my heart missing. I wish no family would ever have to go through this, but it happens, every day.”

Dabit searched for a way to help save the lives of children born with congenital heart defects. She founded World of Broken Hearts to raise awareness for congenital heart defects and organ donation.

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Dabit took to Facebook to share the heartbreaking photos and hopefully put the spotlight on CHD. She wrote, in part:

I could tell you about the approximately 40,000 babies that are born every year with a congenital heart defect. That is roughly 1 in 100 newborns, every year. Or, I could tell you about my perspective of what it was like being in that room to document their last moments together as a family of six.

She told CafeMom she offers families the choice to keep the pictures private, but Kristi and Justin wanted to share the photos of Adalynn to spread awareness of real families who suffer because of CHD.

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Dabit said:

“I am thankful that Kristi and Justin allowed me to share such intimate moments of their family with the world, to spread [some] much-needed CHD and organ donation awareness. This is CHD. The pictures are as raw and real as it comes. We need a cure. We need research funding.”

These parents allowed the world to witness their private moment of grief, in order to one day help another family going through the same agonizing journey their Adalynn did.