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Apr 22, 2019

Mom dies 27 hours after giving birth – dad’s first instinct says “Go into her computer”

Life is a fragile thing and circumstances can change quickly as the wind.
It is something most of us do not consider, but we’d all do well to remember. All it takes is one event to throw things into disarray; joy can become sadness, light can become dark.
Just ask Matt Logelin.
In March 2008, his life was changed forever. He’d just become a father and was riding a wave of resulting euphoria.
The nightmare happened that no one could have predicted.
Just 27 short hours later, his world had been upset. Suddenly, the future was bleak, his plans were in ruins and he was alone on a dark path. Then he went to his computer and things changed again.

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Matt met his wife Liz in high school. Their relationship was love, passion and exciting plans. They stayed together during their school years and one day, long after they left school, they decided it was time to marry. At that point, they’d already been together for eight years.
It wasn’t long after that Liz fell pregnant! Just look how happy she was!

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With their relatives dotted around the country, Liz decided to create a blog for everyone up to speed with things. She talked about everything related to her pregnancy, explaining in detail her daily routines and experiences.
Her pregnancy was a tough one. At some point, Liz suffered from complications and was forced to go to the hospital – friends and family were kept informed via her blog but were no less worried.
In March 2008, she was ready to give birth. With seven weeks premature, little Madeline came into the world via Caesarean section.
The joy felt by Matt and Liz simply couldn’t be contained. Their dream had come true – they had finally become parents! A new chapter in their life lay ahead of them. Just look how proud Matt was.

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Sadly, the beginning of this exciting new journey would turn into a nightmare. Liz had little time to become familiar with Madeline because she had to rest after the birth. The next morning, it was time for mom to meet her little angel.
Only things did not go to plan. Liz got out of bed and began to walk, only to suddenly collapse to the floor.
Liz died of a massive pulmonary embolism (LE) 27 hours after giving birth.

For Matt, the anguish was indescribable.
Only hours after the greatest moment of his life, everything he had known had fallen apart. His grief was overwhelming.
The single father needed an outlet for his feelings. Then he had the idea to settle down at Liz’s computer.

He opened the computer, found Liz’s blog, and started writing himself.
He wrote, wrote, and then wrote some more.
On the same blog, his beloved Liz had used to detail her road through pregnancy, Matt poured all of his thoughts about life as a widower, a single father, and a heartbroken man.
The blog offered an overview of the whole process for Matt after Liz’s death.
It was honest. It was open. It was his vulnerability.
Soon, word spread of Matt’s blog, which he continued to update, and it became popular beyond his circle of friends.
In a few months, the blog was averaging 40,000 readers a day. It just grew and grew.

The readers, whom Matt had never met before, became like a family to him. They began to share tips and advice in a bid to help Matt overcome the worst of his grief.
“I never dreamt that people would actually give me advice, or that they would actually help me through this process,” Matt said.

Said tips covered a whole range of things, including how a single parent should approach the task of flying with their baby.
“It helps me, it helps me every day. I mean, it’s about how things are going to be for Madeline in the future, and I want her to look back in twenty years and think, you know, ‘Wow! How did he do all this stuff?’” Matt said.
“I want Madeline to have the life that Liz would have wanted for her. Because she means the world to me. She’s it; this is the only thing in the world I care about right now. She’s number one… and she’ll be number one for the rest of my life.”
Matt’s interview on national television program Rachel Ray was an emotional encounter. You can see a clip from the episode below:

Such a tragic story, but I’m happy that Madeline is in good hands and has such a wonderful dad as Matt.

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