Man Forced To Make Harrowing Decision Between Saving Wife Or Unborn Baby
A father was forced to make the harrowing decision between whether to save his wife or unborn baby during labour complications.
Frederick and Keyvonne Connie were over the moon when they found out they were expecting a baby.
And they were thrilled to discover it was a little girl, due in January.
However, what should have been one of the happiest days of their lives ended in tragedy.
She was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section and it was then Frederick was left to make the life-changing decision.
“It was either give her [Keyvonne] the surgery first and maybe save her life, but you’re going to lose your daughter.
"Or your daughter can be saved but there’s a chance you might lose your wife,” he told Fox31.
He made the heart-breaking choice to save their baby.
Keyvonne survived long enough to see pictures of her little girl before dying.
Grieving Frederick said: “They tried [to save her] and her heart couldn’t take it. She died before they could even get her to the surgery.
“I’m glad I made that decision because in the end if Keyvonne probably could have survived she would have hated me for the rest of my life because I knew how she felt about kids."
The baby, who has been named Angelique Keyvonne Connie after her mum, is now set to spend the following weeks in hospital while she recovers from the traumatic event.
The smiley newborn - nicknamed pooder - is being fed through a tube and doctors want her to gain weight and build strength before she can leave the medical facility.
She is also drinking donated milk and wearing clothes the nurses have given as gifts.
However, new father Frederick has been left with significant debts due to medical costs.
He told Fox31 he would sleep in his car and sell everything he owned to take care of his daughter.
Angelique is being fed through a tube and drinking donated breast milk (Image: Facebook)
But his friend and boss, Justin Collins, has since created a fundraising page to help with funeral costs and to buy items for Angelique.
“He has always been a hard worker during the time I have known him and always provided for his family,” Justin wrote on Facebook.
“The struggle will be caring for his newborn daughter.
“Along with caring for her is hospital bills, a funeral, and all the basic needs for caring for a child.
"Anything you can do small or big is much appreciated! I have never done a fundraiser before... But I can't Imagine any more difficult time than this in a person's life."
So far almost Sh1.3 million ($13,000) of the Sh2.5 million ($25,000) target has been raised.