Labour and birth can be disconcerting times for a father-to-be, especially when something goes wrong, and no doubt there are men everywhere who can relate to the following post.
Arizona husband and father Dawson Willford has struck a chord online, after sharing a heart-wrenching account of the day he almost lost wife Jacqueline after an emergency C-section.
In an emotionally-charged and now viral Facebook post, Dawson recalled the traumatic ordeal that followed the couple’s rush to hospital.
While doctors successfully delivered the couple’s son, Jacqueline lost ‘litres of blood in seconds’, and her body went into shock. Indeed, after two ‘code blue’ calls, there was a question mark over whether or not Jacqueline would pull through.
“I stood by her head while she was bleeding out and remembered every fight we ever had, and the things I never did for her. I couldn’t let her know how scared I was. I stood in front of my wife saying my final goodbye,” he recalled.
During the long wait to save and stabilise Jacqueline, Devon’s head rushed as he considered how he was going to tell his family that his wife had passed away. Indeed, he admits he was barely able to even think about his newborn son.
“I wanted to say ‘I love you’ and tell her it’s OK. I wanted to help her as much as I could. I wanted to stop everything and start all over again. I knew she was dying in front of me,” he added.
Thankfully, doctors managed to save the new mother, and Dawson reckons that his faith had a strong role to play in Jacqueline’s recovery.
He wrote: “My wife and son are doing great and will be discharged Sunday. If you see me at church, don’t ask me where I have been; just say ‘I’m glad to see you’re home!’!
We are so relieved to hear that Jacqueline and their tot are doing well.