Brian and Eunice have shared their heartbreaking story here. I hope you will join me in helping them. Anything helps. Large or small. Thank you for loving them and making a difference in their lives.
They say life is a journey! And ours, despite having lived together for 5 years now, has been a journey and half! However, every day, we grow stronger all by God’s grace. Just like any other couple, we started our relationship with the hope that one day we would get married and start a family. After dating for 7 years, we got married, and all we could long for was a family of our own. On Jan 4th, 2014 our long-awaited day came and by the grace of God we exchanged our vows. This was a great day for us and we were able to celebrate it with many of you from Kentucky who have become so dear to us. Brian and I conceived the same year; we were very happy and full of joy for we believe that children are a gift from the Lord and having our first- born would bring joy to us. But what followed, only the grace of God, even today, gives us strength to even talk about it. Around week 26 of my pregnancy, I developed severe preeclampsia. I was admitted to the hospital and stayed there for 3 weeks. There were many complications with my care at this hospital culminating in the doctor recommending that I deliver by C-section even though my blood pressure was 178/104 and nothing was being done to try and lower it. I thank God so much because of my husband! He challenged them medically and asked them if they had tried all other interventions. They admitted no and immediately Brian requested an emergency transfer to another hospital where I went and stayed for another 3 weeks. At 32weeks, I had a C-section and our daughter, Blessing, was born. She weighed less than 2 pounds. After 2 and ½ days we lost her. This was the most trying moment in our lives because what we thought would make us celebrate turned out to be something that made us mourn. It was a double tragedy for us first losing the baby and two, having a fresh cut that would only be a painful reminder of what transpired during the pregnancy. We thank God that despite all of this our faith, though shaken, was firmly grounded in God. God, our true comforter, comforted us and gave us hope to face tomorrow again. I conceived again. This raised our hopes again and brought healing to our previous loss. After 10 weeks I had a miscarriage and required a D&C. The thought of it sends cold shivers down my spine. There is no point in life that I became so low as a woman! I wondered will I ever have a child? I thank God for Brian, who always told me if you are tempted to give up, look up!. Again we picked each other up and told God, no matter how hard the blows God, you are still God!! We will take it because your grace is sufficient. Our third pregnancy brought a lot of joy and happiness and this time we thought God would erase our tears from our first two losses. We had everything under control and prayed that things will work out well this time. When the pregnancy was at 24weeks I had an ultrasound that showed severe oligohydramnios!! I couldn’t even pronounce the word!!! This again brought panic and anxiety. It was so unfair! So heartbreaking! So confusing! So discouraging! We booked a clinic with a specialist at Mombasa who essentially told me there was nothing that could be done. What? Can you imagine that statement? I looked at the doctor and so many questions were running through my mind. Does this doctor know this is my 3rd pregnancy? How can he just tell me that there is nothing they can do!? I asked him again, and this is what he told me” There is no amniotic fluid in your womb and the only treatment to this is to add an artificial amniotic fluid and that process only takes place in developed countries like USA”. There has never been a day in my life that I have felt more helpless. I went back home and knelt down on my bed and talked to God. I told God, I don’t have enough grace to pass through another loss!!! Please spare me!. I At this time Brian was not home and this report really disturbed him. He traveled home and after two weeks another ultrasound indicated that we had lost our 3rd baby. We cried together and almost gave up but we remembered Jesus asked his disciples one time, "Do you also want to leave me?, And Peter answered " where can we go and you are the only one who has eternal life? "The following day I was induced and that evening delivered my baby, who never came home with us. We became angry to God I remember and wondered, what is this lesson that God is trying to teach us? And for how long? What is going on? The doctor in Mombasa told us that the help we needed could only be found abroad. I told God, “Get serious! How do you expect us to go abroad for a checkup?” As usual, I always share my joy and sorrows with my second mum Nancy Rice. Having known us for over 7 years she was touched and started working toward us getting help abroad. My husband and I are indeed blessed to have her into our lives! Through her, what we thought was not possible, God is making it possible! She, together with you, whom we can’t even know yet, one by one, are standing with us during this difficult time. We really don't know how to repay you back for your kindness. Your love and generosity to us is too great of love for us. The Bible says, “God cannot allow us to be tempted beyond our strength.” We believe God knew that His grace in us was sufficient to help us drink of this bitter cup! Fortunately, one can’t drink of a bitter cup forever! At some point the contents inside the cup will be gone, and we believe our bitter share is now over in the name of Jesus Christ! We believe and have great hope and faith, that this is a way that God has chosen for us, to get medical help and very soon have babies of our own. What else can we say? To God be all the glory!
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