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Man’s Wife Dies Hours After Giving Birth – His Unique Way of Coping Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

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Matt Logelin and his wife, Liz, were incredibly excited for the newest addition to their family: a beautiful baby girl named Madeline. The couple was happy to start this new chapter of their life, when the absolute unthinkable happened. One day later, Liz passed away and suddenly Matt’s life turned upside down.

Unsure of how to cope, Matt turned to his blog and an unexpected turn of events quickly happened that would forever change his life for the better.

This tragic tale of a man left alone with a newborn daughter will leave you with a bittersweet feeling of appreciation for life’s many ups and downs.

High School Sweethearts

Matt and Liz both met in high school and had been together ever since. The pair was together for 12 years and their relationship was the perfect balance of personalities. Liz was an ambitious Disney executive while Matt worked for an Internet search engine.

Life was going great for the pair and it felt as if nothing could go wrong…

Marriage

The couple had been in a long distance relationship for quite a few years while earning their college degrees. Matt finally moved to LA and the couple was married on August 13, 2005. Their careers were doing great and the couple decided that it was time to finally grow their family.

However, they did not expect to endure such a difficult pregnancy.

Great News

Finally in 2007, the couple rejoiced at the news that Liz was pregnant. With their careers on the rise and the joy a new family member, they felt as if their lives were finally going to fall into perfect place.

Neither one of them expected that the pregnancy would be filled with such complications that Liz would be kept hospitalized for a great amount of time.

Difficult Pregnancy

Liz’s pregnancy was very difficult for her. She experienced severe morning sickness and eventually doctors ordered her into bed rest. She was bed ridden for three weeks before she went into the hospital for another two weeks of bed rest.

Family members and friends were worried and Matt kept them informed through his personal blog, which he updated on a daily basis.

However, no one expected there to be such shocking news on his blog in just a few days time.

Madeline

Finally the day came and on March 24, 2008, Liz underwent an emergency C-section. Madeline was born at 33 weeks and Liz was unable to even glance at her new baby before the doctors rushed the baby into the neonatal intensive care unit.

Matt, who was ecstatic, quickly posted onto the blog: “Madeline is here! The proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby. Look forward to even more good news.”

Unfortunately, this would be the last happy post on his blog for a very long time.

Devastating Events

Sadly, the next post on Matt’s blog was uploaded 4 days later and it was incredibly upsetting. As Liz was getting ready to head over to the NICU 27 hours after giving birth, she collapsed. The last words she said were, “I feel light-headed.”

Liz instantly fainted and Matt rushed to her side, holding up her limp body, unable to comprehend what was happening.

Emergency

The nurses initially brushed off the situation stating that, “It happens all the time.” However, they quickly realized that the circumstances were serious and they rushed Matt out of the room as doctors and nurses surrounded Liz. Matt began to fear the worst.

His intuition told him that the situation was critical and his hope began to slip. “All of a sudden it hit me,” he told The Guardian. “She was going to die, today, here in this hospital. And she was never going to hold her baby.”

Despite his intrusive thoughts, Matt did not want to believe that his wife wouldn’t make it…

Sad News

Eventually it was made known to Matt that Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that prevented passage into her lungs. She died instantly.

Now Matt was left with the horrifying reality of dealing with his wife’s death, a newborn baby, and updating his blog to let all of his relatives know what was going on.

He never expected the response that his blog would get…

Mixed Emotions

Matt was depressed and yet, joyful. His wife’s death tore his heart apart and yet the birth of his daughter was a miracle in itself. He never considered that he would be raising Madeline alone.

Four days later, Matt posted an obituary on his blog titled “Liz.” He never thought that his blog would be the saving grace that would help him through one of the toughest times of his life.

The Blog

As he and Madeline lived their every day life back at home without Liz, Matt turned to his blog to sort through his emotions. His blog posts were raw and honest as he spilled his guts for all to see.

Liz’s death has really f***ed me up,” he posted on the blog in April 2008.

He even began to use his blog to ask basic baby rearing questions and get support from others. He never expected the huge response that he would get from strangers on the Internet…

You’ll be amazed by the care and generosity of others in the next slide.

Online Forum

Matt’s blog quickly grew after he posted in a forum run by his old hometown’s newspaper, the Minnesota Star Tribune.

I’m a proud new father … doing it on my own (my wife passed away the day after our baby was born). It’s been a tough two weeks.” He wrote.

He never expected that the story would go viral.

Viral Story

Quickly, a front-page story was made about Matt and his daughter. Suddenly Matt’s blog attracted thousands of new readers, with the blog reaching 50,000 daily visitors during its peak.

But people weren’t just visiting to be spectators, they began offering Matt something that he never could have imagined.

Outreach

Outside of online advice about purchasing baby nail clippers and powdered milk, the community following his blog decided to provide more substantial support. A local mom’s group invited Matt to join their parenting circle and had even brought him food to keep him healthy as he had been losing lots of weight after Liz’s death.

The outreach was unbelievable and Matt was happy that the blog became useful to other widows and widowers searching for advice and compassion. These days, Matt’s blog has taken a bit of a different turn…

Madeline’s Scrapbook

Matt’s original intention for the blog was to pour out his feelings and cope with the tragedy that fell upon his life. However, the blog quickly became a sort of scrapbook for Madeline, where he documented their daily life together and his proud feelings of being a father.

His work would soon be a huge inspiration to others and an unexpected change was waiting for him.

Career Change

He never expected such a generosity from the community where many had sent him baby bottles, diapers, and provided him with profound pieces of wisdom. The success became so great that Matt decided to make a serious and unexpected change to his career goals.

You won’t believe where he and Madeline moved!

A Book Deal

Quitting his job, Matt took Madeline and moved to India for 2 months. Above you’ll see Matt & Liz standing in front of the Taj Mahal and then Matt with Madeline in the same spot a few years later.

During his stay there, he began working on his memoir, which he called, Two Kisses for Maddy. The book became a New York Times bestseller. In fact, the huge actor hoping to turn the memoir into an onscreen adaptation will surprise you.

New Film

Channing Tatum has been making an effort to bring the story to life on the big screen. The actor will be an executive producer and may even star in the film himself. In the meantime, Matt has worked to preserve Liz’s legacy in a profound and meaningful way. Check out how.

The Foundation

Matt set up The Liz Logelin Foundation to assist families whose children have lost a parent. Volunteers run the foundation and Matt donates the money to widows and widowers who don’t have the connections necessary to survive such a grievous process.

So what are Matt and Madeline up to now?

Update

 

Madeline is now 9-years-old and looks exactly like her mother. In fact, Matt has often noted how much his daughter reminds him of his late wife through not just her looks, but her mannerisms as well. He continues to keep his late wife’s memory alive so that Madeline will always know her.

And what’s become of his blog now?

Matt’s Blog, Now

In many ways, it’s a love letter to Madeline and to Liz,” said Matt about the blog to The Guardian. “Liz will never read it, of course. [But] I want Madeline to know that her dad didn’t just curl up in a ball and start drinking heavily. I want her to know I was out there, doing as much as I could for her, and trying to make her as happy as I could.”

Matt has stated that whenever Madeline feels that the blog is invading into her privacy that he will immediately shut it down. While the blog doesn’t get as much traction these days, Matt is still forever grateful to all of the wonderful souls that helped him out when he needed it most.

Don’t forget to share this motivating story to your friends and loved ones in order to remind them to treasure every life moment!

 

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