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A husband has described the heartbreaking moment he was forced to switch off his wife’s life support machine after she died giving birth. Caroline... Moment a heartbroken father cuddles the baby his wife never got to meet

A husband has described the heartbreaking moment he was forced to switch off his wife’s life support machine after she died giving birth.

Caroline Howarth, who suffered several health complications throughout her life, had defied the odds to become pregnant and was overjoyed when she found out she was expecting a baby girl.

Lee Howarth Caroline Howarth

But just before she was about to give birth the 24-year-old suffered an asthma attack, which caused her heart to stop

Mrs Howarth, from Pontypool, South Wales, suffered oxygen starvation during the heart attack in May.

Doctors carried out an emergency Caesarean to deliver her daughter, Haillie-Rose, but her mother never regained consciousness.

Her family were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support machine two days later after being told she would never recover from permanent brain damage.

Haillie-Rose Lee Howarth

Her devastated husband Lee, 26, said: ‘Caroline was so excited at being pregnant but she never got to see our baby.

‘But I will make sure I bring her up just as she would have wanted – with a great love of life.

‘I will tell Haillie-Rose what a beautiful person her mother was. Already I look at our little girl and she reminds me of Caroline – it makes me feel she is not very far away.’

Mrs Howarth had battled with ill health all her life, having been given just a 10 per cent chance of survival when she was born with two holes in the heart.

Mr Howarth, 26, said: 'I will make sure I bring Haillie-Rose up just as her mother would have wanted - with a great love of life'

Despite suffering from asthma and bouts of pneumonia as a child, she managed to live a normal life.

Eight years ago she was told she would never walk again after breaking her back in a car accident – but again proved the doctors wrong.

After meeting her husband Lee, she was given the all-clear by doctors to have a baby – but was warned there was only a slight chance of her conceiving due to cysts on her ovaries.

Mrs Howarth (centre), 24, had battled with ill health all her life, having been given just a 10 per cent chance of survival when she was born with two holes in the heart

Upon learning they would be parents after all, the couple  picked the baby’s name and decorated the nursery in pink, lemon and white, ready for her arrival.

Mr Howarth said: ‘We were so looking forward to becoming parents.It breaks my heart that she never got the chance to cuddle up with Haillie-Rose.

‘But I will give her loads of cuddles and tell our little girl about her mum and all the bits of the films we used to watch that made her laugh.’

He says turning off his wife’s life support machine as she lay in the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport was the hardest moment of his life.

‘At first I couldn’t grasp that I was really losing her. I told the doctors I wanted to keep Caroline on the machines forever until she woke up.

‘But then I realised it wasn’t the best thing for her and I had no choice but to let her go.

‘I had one thing I knew I had to do for her – I asked nurses to fetch Hallie-Rose from intensive care.

‘They brought her in into the ward and I lifted her out of her cot and laid her next to Caroline. I wanted her  to be with the daughter she never got to meet.’

Hallie-Rose, who is now two months old is being brought up by Lee and Caroline’s family in Pontypool.

Caroline’s mother, Marilyn Brooks, said: ‘Even though this has happened Caroline would be over the moon to see that her daughter has had a better start in life than she had herself.

‘She was a determined woman who had overcame her health problems to marry her husband Lee and have her child.

‘Had she pulled through, she would have been the perfect mother.’

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  • Lakeitha combs

    2018-08-13 #1 Author

    You are in my prayers so sorry for your loss I just gave birth to my baby girl I was scared as well I had to have my a C-section.


  • Mychaela craft

    2018-08-13 #2 Author

    Omggg 😭 that baby is beautiful


  • Nae washington

    2018-08-13 #3 Author

    Omg… i couldnt imagine his pain. Welcome beautiful baby! R.I.P mommy. They will forever have a guardian angel.


  • Nae washington

    2018-08-13 #4 Author

    I couldnt imagine. Prays for their family!


  • Kaii

    2018-08-13 #5 Author

    This is heartbreaking 😢


  • Keisha Nicole

    2018-08-13 #6 Author

    This Is Adorable 😍


  • R’reon Totten

    2018-08-13 #7 Author

    Awwwwwww so sad 😢❤️❤️


  • Terri Moore

    2018-08-14 #8 Author

    Awww precious momments


  • Shelenthean Dowdell

    2018-08-14 #9 Author

    😩😩😭 I can only imagine… Keep your head up


  • Chelaaa

    2018-08-14 #10 Author

    praying for this family 🙏🏾 This is so sad 😞


  • Naomi rose

    2018-08-14 #11 Author

    This is to cute but so sad


  • Tyra

    2018-08-14 #12 Author

    I Am In Love With This Story . Prayers For The Family


  • Elsairy

    2018-08-14 #13 Author

    So sad I’m so blessed I got
    To meet my daughter she is two and half months old ❤️


  • Jazmine

    2018-08-14 #14 Author

    Praying for your family 💜


  • Monifah

    2018-08-14 #15 Author

    Dang 😒 heart breaking


  • Destinee Luttrell

    2018-08-14 #16 Author

    I’m sorry for your loss 😔 this article just touched me 💙


  • Jade

    2018-08-14 #17 Author

    That’s So Sad Prayers For His Family


  • Alani

    2018-08-14 #18 Author

    Her baby is too cute prayers to him & his family <3


  • Eden saligumba

    2018-08-15 #19 Author

    This is so sad,A lot of strength for your adorable Baby ❤️


  • Vanessa May

    2018-08-15 #20 Author

    So sad 😔 prayers to their families


  • Anncruiz

    2018-08-15 #21 Author

    So devastating.. but she will always be there ..her presence never disappeared completely..God will never leave you in raising that adorable 👶..stay strong.


  • Brianesha Cornelius

    2018-08-15 #22 Author

    Praying for you💜 god bless you ! She’s a beauty


  • Fay Wyche

    2018-08-15 #23 Author

    Praying for you ❣️ You are strong


  • Cheyenne

    2018-08-15 #24 Author

    So sad…. praying for your family! Be blessed and look down and protect your family mama!! ❤️


  • Tianna

    2018-08-15 #25 Author

    Prayers to him and his family 💚💯


  • Nayana Gravely

    2018-08-15 #26 Author

    I can’t imagine how he feels I’m soo sorry prayers for him and the baby


  • Yesenia wheeler

    2018-08-16 #27 Author

    I can relate on a different level as I lost my daughter 7 days after she was born! Stay strong for your beautiful little girl ♥️


  • Jamila Hawkins

    2018-08-16 #28 Author

    So sad and sweet


  • Tiara

    2018-08-16 #29 Author

    This so so sad but it’s very cute 😍😍


  • Natalee Handron

    2018-08-16 #30 Author

    Aw she is so beautiful! My prayers are with your family!!


  • Cherry Dillingham

    2018-08-16 #31 Author

    Your baby is so beautiful prayers for your family


  • dequala

    2018-08-16 #32 Author

    such a sad sorry , you’re in my prayers & your babygirl is absolutely precious 😭😍


  • Chester Collins

    2018-08-16 #33 Author

    Prayers to the family..💔


  • Tasha Pritchard

    2018-08-16 #34 Author

    So sad !!! But at least the father will always have a piece of her ‘


  • DeAshe

    2018-08-16 #35 Author

    Praying for you sir , this article really touched me


  • Ryn

    2018-08-16 #36 Author

    My heart goes out to the family 💕 beautiful


  • Ajaa

    2018-08-17 #37 Author

    RIP 💕 she was beautiful


  • Brejay

    2018-08-17 #38 Author

    Omg the baby to cute prayer for them 💙💗


  • Alexis

    2018-08-17 #39 Author

    Keep your head up … praying for you ❤️


  • Autumn williams

    2018-08-17 #40 Author

    So Sad Poor Baby Will Never Get To Meet Her Mommy


  • Adriana

    2018-08-17 #41 Author

    So sad 💗 Prayers went there way 🙏🏼


  • Faith Reed

    2018-08-17 #42 Author

    I’m praying for your family I couldn’t say I know what your going through because I don’t , stay strong keep your head up 😞🤞🏼💪🏼❤️


  • Cadedra Thomas

    2018-08-17 #43 Author

    Couldn’t imagine the pain he’s going through with such a thing. Prayers goes out to him & the adorable baby.


  • Jay

    2018-08-17 #44 Author

    May god be with you and your family ❤️


  • Kayla

    2018-08-17 #45 Author

    This Was My Biggest Fear Giving Birth I Couldn’t Imagine His pain this is So Sad


  • Kia Jarrott

    2018-08-18 #46 Author

    Praying for this family ❤️ This story broke my heart but at the same time warmed my heart as well .. knowing that the baby will have a loving father to lean on


  • Nesha

    2018-08-18 #47 Author

    Heartbreaking but sweet of him to let baby girl know how her mother was.


  • Christy

    2018-08-18 #48 Author

    Prayers for the family. 🙏


  • Conswayla Fonseca

    2018-08-18 #49 Author

    Awwe that’s sad, pray him and her have a wonderful life


  • Lakia

    2018-08-19 #50 Author

    You’re in my prayers , you have such a beautiful baby im sure the mother would’ve love to be apart


  • Mgbechi Denson

    2018-08-19 #51 Author

    It’s a pity she never got to see her beautiful baby, my prayers are with her family
    May her soul rest in peace, Amen.


  • Tayla

    2018-08-19 #52 Author

    Prayers for this man and his beautiful baby 😰❤️


  • Dante

    2018-08-19 #53 Author

    Real father ! R.I.P


  • Jade

    2018-08-19 #54 Author

    So sorry for your loss.


  • Skylar Marie

    2018-08-19 #55 Author

    This family will be in my prayers. This is so sad, what a beautiful baby.


  • Monique Pierson

    2018-08-19 #56 Author

    This is so heartbreaking, the mommy passed and now the dad has to be strong for the both. I am praying for your continued strength.


  • Tyra Burton

    2018-08-19 #57 Author

    Beyond Heart Breaking But The Baby Is Beautiful ❤️


  • khrisanthia rosette

    2018-08-19 #58 Author

    omg this is so heartbreaking 😫


  • Tia Ellis

    2018-08-20 #59 Author

    This is beyond heartbreaking! The strength this young man and their family have displayed is undescribable!! God bless and may blessings come to you and your little miss in the future to come!


  • ShaKilah Maul

    2018-08-20 #60 Author

    I can’t imagine anyone going through this 😕


  • Harlem

    2018-08-20 #61 Author

    This is so heart breaking 😢💔


  • Kamery

    2018-08-20 #62 Author

    This is so heartbreaking


  • Rachel

    2018-08-22 #63 Author

    I’m so so sorry for your lost ❤️


  • Raven turner

    2018-09-02 #64 Author

    God bless you !


  • Erica Bell

    2018-10-24 #65 Author

    Prayers For The Family 💕


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