Woman passes hours after birth of son – husband’s touching post sparks compassionate response Woman passes hours after birth of son – husband’s touching post sparks compassionate response
The happiest and most tragic events of Jean Luc Montou’s life happened within a 24 hour period. But despite his gain and loss, Montou... Woman passes hours after birth of son – husband’s touching post sparks compassionate response

The happiest and most tragic events of Jean Luc Montou’s life happened within a 24 hour period. But despite his gain and loss, Montou wants to make sure the memory of his partner, Sarah Bertrand, remains.

The couple’s first child was born on May 9 as Julian Charles and Moutou, 24, and his 29-year-old partner couldn’t have been happier.

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“Afterward, she just silently dropped tears of joy and happiness,” Montou told TODAY Parents. “She loved Julian so much.”

That happiness quickly turned to sadness when Bertrand died 24 hours later in her hospital room as Montou held their newborn son. The cause of her death is still unknown. However, the hospital suspects that she may have died from an amniotic embolism, a rare condition that causes internal bleeding and the heart and lung to collapse.

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Montou remembers Bertrand complaining of a headache before she went into a seizure, but by then it was too late.

“Once the symptoms start showing, it’s already begun,” said Montou. “I remember thinking it would be OK because we were in a hospital — and the staff tried so hard to help her — but I knew it was serious when they started doing compressions and began using the defibrillator.”

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This meant that their son’s birth announcement would also have to announce the death of his partner. His heartfelt post went viral after it was posted on Facebook.

“Sarah didn’t make it,” he wrote. “My last 24 hours with her was the happiest I’d ever been…I loved this woman like no other and she died in front of me while I held our son. Please take a few moments to remember this woman because she was the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me and Jane [his daughter from a previous relationship].”

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About 700 to 900 women die each year from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in the U.S., according to a piece by ProPublica and NPR. The U.S. has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world ranking at 136 out of 184 countries after Hungary and before Iran.

“Sarah was there for me when I was having a hard time as a single father,” Montou wrote. “Sarah was there for Jane when she needed a mother figure. Sarah did not skip a beat or hesitate to be there for us and love us from the time we met.”

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Bertrand left her job as a veterinary technician to look after Jane while Montou was at work. The couple planned to marry after the birth of their son.

“I miss her so much, but sometimes I think it would be selfish to ask God to return her because she finally gets the peace and relaxation that she sought her entire life,” Montou said. “I just wanted people to know who she was, and I don’t want her to disappear after everything she did for me, my daughter and Julian.”

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Montou is comforted by the fact that he has received so many well wishes and support from people who have shared his post on the internet.

“I am so overjoyed that Sarah’s become such a legend in the world,” Montou wrote in a recent post on Facebook. “There are people from all over the world messaging me and offering thoughts and condolences for Sarah Bertrand and it just means everything to me at a time like this. I’ve said it from the moment I posted the life changing news… I just wanted her on people’s minds and in their thoughts even if it was just for a second. Her sacrifice is being recognized all over the world.”

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Now, Montou is trying to raise funds through a GoFundMe campaign to help with his family’s future expenses.

“She deserved no less than for the world to pause for a moment and see how strong, brave and happy she was before her sacrifice,” said Montou.

Henry Okafor

  • Kenijai

    2017-06-10 #1 Author

    R.I.P Beautiful babies 💕💕💕

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  • Dayannah thomas

    2017-06-10 #2 Author

    Passing out during Labor Is really Risky and scary i hope everything turn out okay With the baby and the mother of the baby having a baby Is a real scary experience i really hope everybody okay and Life js going. Good

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  • Lexy

    2017-06-10 #3 Author

    This was my biggest fear during childbirth! This is terrible prayers to the family!

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  • Latoya Johnson

    2017-06-10 #4 Author

    Sigh. God go with her.. Thank god her son alive

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  • Renee Zagar

    2017-06-10 #5 Author

    Prayers to this family. Would like a update later on💜

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  • Diamonte Evans

    2017-06-10 #6 Author

    Wow that’s crazy

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  • Edleasha

    2017-06-10 #7 Author

    Wow so sad, I cannot imagine what the family is going threw

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  • Proud GiMi

    2017-06-10 #8 Author

    This story is both heartwarming and sad. So many women lose their life to bring a beautiful life in to this world.

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  • Briana

    2017-06-10 #9 Author

    He’s truly a blessing in disguise.

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  • Courtney

    2017-06-10 #10 Author

    Sending prayers and love to this man and his beautiful babies!!

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  • Raven

    2017-06-10 #11 Author

    700-900 in the US die from child birth each year? Omg ! Spread the awareness !!!!

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  • Shanell

    2017-06-10 #12 Author

    This so so heart breaking😥😥

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  • Susie

    2017-06-10 #13 Author

    Wow This Is So Sad & Heartbreaking

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  • Kim wilson

    2017-06-10 #14 Author

    Prayers for this family!

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  • Tatiana Shaw

    2017-06-10 #15 Author

    R.I.P Beautiful 💜 Forever Watch Over Those Babies💜

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  • Kwanna goss

    2017-06-10 #16 Author

    So sorry for your lost .

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  • Talehyia

    2017-06-10 #17 Author

    This is a sad story. Child birth is very scary.

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  • Kaitlyn

    2017-06-10 #18 Author

    Sending prayers and love to this family

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  • Ayanah jackson

    2017-06-10 #19 Author

    May god be with them. 💙

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  • Emma

    2017-06-10 #20 Author

    Omg this is crazy

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  • Sidonnie Johnson

    2017-06-11 #21 Author

    I was always afraid of this happening during my labor … I pray God comfort him and the children.

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  • Brittney

    2017-06-11 #22 Author

    This was one of my biggest fears when having a c section. I was very nervous and very worried. I was fortunate to come out healthy but I gave birth to twin boys and lost one at 33 weeks

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  • Brandi Gonzalez

    2017-06-11 #23 Author

    This is truly sad…😔

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  • Tia Nicole

    2017-06-11 #24 Author

    So heartbreaking yet heartwarming all at the same time. Praying for many blessings to the baby boy and the rest of this family 💙 I’m ready to be a mom but I’m nervous because of stories like this.

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  • Bianca

    2017-06-11 #25 Author

    This Is Really Heartbreaking.. He Now Has His Own Personal Angel Looking Over & Guiding Him 🙏🏾❤️.

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  • Sabina Vene

    2017-09-10 #26 Author

    So sad.

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  • Anyanwu Anthonia

    2017-09-10 #27 Author

    That s live, take heart

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  • Eileen Lee

    2017-09-10 #28 Author

    Condolences

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  • Petra Williams

    2017-09-10 #29 Author

    Omg Amen

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  • Petra Williams

    2017-09-10 #30 Author

    Omg Amen

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  • Petra Williams

    2017-09-10 #31 Author

    So sad Rip

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  • Petra Williams

    2017-09-10 #32 Author

    So sad Rip

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  • Teddy Tasha

    2017-09-10 #33 Author

    IT’S SO SAD RIP

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  • Teddy Tasha

    2017-09-10 #34 Author

    IT’S SO SAD RIP

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  • Amaka Beaut

    2017-09-10 #35 Author

    The lord is ur strength

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  • HArbiodun Horlaideh

    2017-09-10 #36 Author

    God will have mercy on you,pls take heart

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  • Ange J Mubita

    2017-09-10 #37 Author

    Take heart rip

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  • Blessing Uwaezuoke

    2017-09-10 #38 Author

    Take heart

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  • Sandra Vishudanand

    2017-09-10 #39 Author

    Heart wrenching

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  • Emilly Matunda

    2017-09-10 #40 Author

    Eee so sorry rip

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  • Scarville Henscley

    2017-09-10 #41 Author

    This is so hard for u God knows best take care of those two kids mom is watching down on u guys

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  • Grace Clement

    2017-09-10 #42 Author

    Oh what a waste. Rip sis

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  • Hannah Bourne

    2017-09-10 #43 Author

    Rest peacefully mummy. Stay strong Daddy.

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  • Penisha Anderson

    2017-09-10 #44 Author

    So sorry for your loss may she rest in peace

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  • Brenda Walker

    2017-09-10 #45 Author

    Praying for you and your Baby

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  • Essence L. Payne

    2017-09-11 #46 Author

    I am so sorry for your loss

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  • Nila Paguada

    2017-09-11 #47 Author

    So sorry for your loss. God bless you baby.

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  • Anurika Ozurumba

    2017-09-11 #48 Author

    My God will console u take heart

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  • Lazeestar Lastar

    2017-09-11 #49 Author

    Rip

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  • Veronica Castro

    2017-09-11 #50 Author

    Stay strong Daddy.

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  • Kathy Upshaw

    2017-09-11 #51 Author

    may she rest in peace, and you still have your little blessing………

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  • Mary Faircloth

    2017-09-11 #52 Author

    Thats so not fair so sorry for your loss 2 beautiful children i no mommys proud rip

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  • Cynthia Townsend

    2017-09-11 #53 Author

    How sad

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  • Sandra Price

    2017-09-11 #54 Author

    So sad G OF BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL BABY!!!

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  • Hosu Janet

    2017-09-11 #55 Author

    This is the work of the devil.The child will be motherless. Am praying the child’s father doesn’t give up

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  • Raesetja Sanah

    2017-09-11 #56 Author

    Sory darling ..my de gud Lord b wth u thru hard times..May her soul rest in peace.. Angels ll watch over u n ur new born bby..God bless

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  • Kia Hargrow

    2017-09-11 #57 Author

    This is really god bless the parents find peace and r.i.p

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  • Joy Jackson

    2017-09-11 #58 Author

    So sorry for the loss may she rest in peace

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  • Grace Nwangoro

    2017-09-11 #59 Author

    Chai…sooo painfull may she rest RIP while God comfort u n ur family

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  • Hadijahahu Nalukenge

    2017-09-11 #60 Author

    Rip little angel

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  • Camille Campbell

    2017-09-11 #61 Author

    Rip, sorry for ur loss, may God direct ur path

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