We pick out bedding, read reviews on every car seat, make baby name lists a mile long, take classes and join all the pregnancy groups on facebook. For 9 months our lives revolve around the day that our tiny little bundle will be born. We dream about that day, about how beautiful it will be. Will they have moms nose and dads curly hair. We stare at ultrasound pictures memorizing their facial profile. But we never prepare for tragedy. It’s the farthest thing from a expecting parents mind. All my life, from a small child to adulthood I’ve heard the saying “When God gives us a angel, he takes another one away.” It’s funny how you can go your whole life without knowing the true meaning of something until “bam” life throws a example right out in front of you and plan as day it all comes to light. This old saying was exactly what came to mind when I read the story last week of a soldier who lost his wife soon after the birth of their first child.
An amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare childbirth (obstetric) emergency in which amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair, or other debris enters the mother’s blood stream via the placental bed of the uterus and triggers an allergic-like reaction.
Sheriah passed due to AFE shortly after the birth of her Luther.
Deitton, her husband and Luther’s father is a Army soldier serving in Georgia hundreds of miles away from family and friends in their home state of Hawaii. I can not begin to imagine what this family is going through. The joy in Deitton’s face when he is snuggling his sweet baby boy is beautiful. Joy that will be the bright sunshine after this horrible storm.
I am certain Sheriah is very proud of her boys and is their Guardian angel through life.
There are several ways you can help this family in their time of grievance and need. I have attached links for those of you who who wish to help. I know prayers and kind thoughts are appreciated.
Here are a few ways that you may help.
Give aid and donations
Take the family a meal