Wow, this is truly the worst nightmare for any parent using a surrogate. A woman died in childbirth last week — and the baby wasn’t even hers.
According to a heartbreaking GoFundMe post which has gone viral over the past few days, Michelle Reaves and her husband Chris decided they were done having children after Michelle gave birth to two beautiful babies. But because she was still healthy she decided to help another family who wanted kids by serving as a surrogate.
The San Diego mom had already completed an entire pregnancy for this family with no problems and was working on the next — when tragedy struck.
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Per the fundraiser, which was started by family friend Jaime Herwehe:
“Michelle was on her second surrogacy for the same family and as she was delivering the baby this morning, one complication led to the next and she fought for her life. Although the baby made it out safe, Michelle did not.”
How horrifying. We’re talking about maybe the greatest tragedy a family can suffer, and now two families are gong through it.
Obviously this is the ultimate loss for Michelle’s husband and two young children, son Gage and daughter Monroe. As Herwehe continues:
“I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through so I want to start this page to help raise money for help with the kids, for Chris as they all adjust, funeral services, or anything at all to make it as easy as we can on them.”
Just unthinkable. We imagine the story hits close to home for just about every kind of family.
Posted by Michelle Reaves on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Speaking on how the loss of Michelle personally affected them, the page creator continues:
“For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family. Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.”
As of this writing the campaign has raised $62,000 toward a $100k goal. Herwehe is asking everyone to help in any way they can:
“You hear about these things happening all of the time but never in your life imagine it will happen to you… if you can’t donate at this time, please at least share so we can try to do everything we can for their family. This all doesn’t even feel real, let’s be there for Michelle’s family like they would for us.”
The friend concludes:
“No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children.”
No, they do not. And to lose her while she’s just trying to give another couple the gift of the happiness she has? Simply unfair.
Posted by Michelle Reaves on Monday, April 3, 2017
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