Frederick Connie said that he had to choose between saving his wife and possible loss of their unborn child, or save their unborn child, and possibly the loss of his wife.
A Colorado father, who is welcome to his girl on the same day that he lost his wife is receiving help from his Littleton community after an action started on Facebook. Frederick Connie the woman, Keyvonne, was not due to give birth until mid-January, but she began bleeding in their house on Nov. 30, he told KDVR.
“I’m like, ‘Are you ok?’ And I see blood everywhere,” the new dad told the news outlet.
Connie is now learning to cope with the sudden death of his wife, while also learning a new daddy.
Doctors told Connie he had to choose between saving his wife and possible loss of their baby or save the baby and possibly the loss of his wife. He said that he did what he think his wife would have wanted him to do, and opted for Keyvonne to undergo an emergency C-section to save their baby.
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Angelique Keyvonne Connie, who was named after her mother and will be referred to as “Pooder” for short, entered into the world shortly before her mother’s health began to decline.
“Literally all of her belly just went over the bed and the floor,” Connie told KDVR. “They tried to [save] and her heart couldn’t take it. She died before she could even take her to the surgery.”
The Connies’ baby is expected to spend a few weeks in the hospital, and while the new dad is struggling with learning how to deal with his wife’s sudden death and the care for a newborn baby, the members of the community have collected funds to help him pay for unexpected costs.
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LeQuita Taylor, who owns Taylor Mortuary with her husband Michael has offered funeral and cremation services to Connie without cost, she told KDVR. Taylor said she felt moved to help after her own traumatic experience of giving birth. A Facebook fundraiser has also raised over $21,000 for the family.
Connie’s daughter, who was born prematurely, is expected to spend a few weeks in the hospital.
“I am not financially OK,” he told KDVR. “This debt is like piling on and I bury my wife, my daughter, was coming into the world, it’s so high right now.”