Karisa Bugal: Our Angel

$62,016 of $20k goal

Raised by 1,157 people in 22 months
Kendall Tinnes  PARKER, CO
Karisa Bugal was the beloved Wife of Wes Bugal and the Mother of 2 children. Together they have a Daughter Mallory and a newborn baby named Declan. Karisa was tragically taken due to an Ambiotic Fluid Embolism while giving birth to Declan on November 4th, 2014. This is an extremely rare complication of child birth only seen in approx 1 of 80,000 births. Karisa was 34 years old and was set to celebrate her 8 year wedding anniversary on the 5th followed by her 35th Birthday on the 8th of November.

The medical staff informed Karisa of the Embolism and the immediate danger it would pose. She chose to have them perform an emergency C-section so Declan could be born sacrificing her own body and ultimately her life to save his. Karisa was concious of Declan being born just before the Doctors were forced to take her to the ICU. She simply asked "How big is he?"

Wes and the kids will try to move forward missing greatly the touch and presence of Karisa in their lives. The tasks at hand and the tasks yet to come can not be asked of any one person. Through the pain, anger, and heartache they will need to find their way through an endless maze of questions.

We write this story and set up this fund to try and help provide some of those answers before they are asked.

My name is Kendall Tinnes and I am a friend of the family. I am from Parker, Colorado. We can not thank you all enough for your generosity!! These funds are here to help Wes in anyway he needs during this overwhelming tragedy.
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Update 1
22 months ago

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I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who has helped reach the goal. You have brought peace to some short term concerns. To have met the goal in just over a day is a testament to how special Karisa is.

Now, let's see if we can crush the goal and impact the long term health and success of Declan and Mallory. What a thought! The ability to help secure the future of these two children. To leave a lasting impact in such a simple way. To know they will have the same opportunities as others, and to extend our help many years from now. What a testament that will be!!!
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Carolyn Perkins
12 months ago
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My beautiful daughter in law, Kelli Sue Perkins, died like this 17 years ago in 2 weeks. My granddaughter survived. He named her after her mother. They had another daughter, Tasha, who was 2.5 years old. She has downs syndrome which makes her very special. My son has been a wonderful dad. He has 2 more daughters now with another woman whom he was married to but divorced. He lives for his kids.

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John Ng
8 months ago

How's the baby doing? Can we see him?

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Michelle Chelle
16 months ago

Im so sorry for your lost my friend tammy mahalick from allentown pa died the same way giving birth to her daughter and it was also her sons birthday june 5th

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Kendall Tinnes
20 months ago

Thank you everyone for your kind words and contributions!!!!

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Cassandra J Dunbar
21 months ago

Just read this story, will be making a donation when I get my next paycheck, so sad, will be thinking about the family and sending best thoughts to them in the meantime.

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Greg Rebholz
21 months ago

Mark Idaho, according to this news story (http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/11/20/mom-dies-during-childbirth-aurora/70013490/) Karisa chose general anesthesia to expedite the C section vs. the typical epidural, and was informed that the epidural was safer for her but would take more time to implement and would be a greater risk of losing the baby. While nothing in labor and delivery is a certainty, it does appear she put her own health and safety at greater risk to improve the odds of her son surviving.

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Shannon Troupe Ammon
22 months ago

Mark Idaho, the doctors had two choices. One was to save her and the other was to deliver her son. She chose to continue on and deliver her son knowing it would end with her death.

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Mark Idaho
22 months ago

Kendal, Please help us understand what Karisa did that amounts to a sacrifice. She tragically died in childbirth but how did her choice to have an emergency C-section sacrifice her life ? The emergency C-section was more likely the best way to reduce the strain on her body due to labor and such. What choice did she make that put herself at further risk ? It was just a tragic turn of evens and our hearts go out to her husband and two children.

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Kristen Wozny
22 months ago

Although our hearts are still broken, I want to take this opportunity today, on Thanksgiving, to extend heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have not only shared this story but have contributed to her legacy. And while these holidays will forever be changed with an empty chair at the table, because of all of you, your love, your strength, your support, we will be able to carry on and make sure that her babies, her sister, her husband, her mother can somehow find solace knowing that they are not alone. This is my sincere wish that all of you that have shared in our grief will be blessed from now moving forward. Please know you have touched our lives and our hearts in ways we will never be able to fully express. It's exactly what Karisa would have done.

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Jennifer Werlin
22 months ago

I am very sorry and sad to hear about Karisa. I was good friends with her in high school and went to college with her. We lost touch a few years ago, but I cherish the great memories of our friendship. She was a beautiful person. My thoughts are with all of her friends and family.

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Bobbie Padgett Buttery
22 months ago

This story made me cry..what a beautiful woman..and an amazing.mom..prayers for wes and those beautiful kids..

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DaLinda Mefford
22 months ago

To answer your question of what you tell your son, you be honest with him, and tell him his mother loved him so much that she gave her life so that he could have one. Teach him about her and raise him to be as selfless as she was. I'm deeply sorry for your families loss and congratulations on a beautiful baby boy, who like his sister, was the light of his mother's eye!

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Cristina Havok
22 months ago

I'm unable to afford a donation at this time, but I do want to express my deepest condelnces to the family. May Karisa rest in peace knowing that her baby boy was born healthy and may her two children grow up nowing that their mother loved them unconditionally, even if she isn't psychially there to show it.

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Janet Bennett
22 months ago

What an amazing lady. I have personally felt this awful circumstance once in my life and it is so crazy that a healthy mum faces this at her happiest moment. We lost her and her gorgeous little boy. Whilst Declan does not have her, he has the most gorgeous mother he could ever hope for. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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Angelique Perkins
22 months ago

im sorry for ur loss if i was in her shoes i would have done the same thing when i had my daughter.. i will pray for u and the family

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Clarke Brannon
22 months ago

How this broke my heart. What a strong strong woman. Saw Garth Brooks on TV this afternoon and he sang his song "Mom" and it made me think of this courageous mother. Prayers for the family!'

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Jonathan Windham
22 months ago

Your family is in my prayers.

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Jeff Klinko
22 months ago

My son's mother had the same thing almost 8 years ago. She survived. I can empathize with the situation. How it goes from normal to sheer chaos in less than a minute. Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and for the soul of Karisa......RIP.

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Steve Harris
22 months ago

This is the single most prime example of a Heroine (hero), in my eyes. As a veteran, I can not separate her actions from that of those in which I served with, and also gave the ultimate sacrifice. Karisa is a very true soul in which should be the example of humanity in which we need to observe. This was her decision, it did not "just happen". She made a choice. The word "Honorable" is an understatement of her actions and who she was. Much love, loyalty and respect to Karisa, Wes and the children.

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John Walters
22 months ago

No GREATER LOVE !

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$62,016 of $20k goal

Raised by 1,157 people in 22 months
Created November 6, 2014
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Anthony Oliver
9 months ago

Life has many obstacles that takes us in many directions. And sometimes we may never know where life is taking us. But with Karisa, there is no doubt that life has taken her straight to heaven. What a true angel. God Bless the Bugal family...May Karisa rest in peace.

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Carolyn Perkins
12 months ago
1
1

My beautiful daughter in law, Kelli Sue Perkins, died like this 17 years ago in 2 weeks. My granddaughter survived. He named her after her mother. They had another daughter, Tasha, who was 2.5 years old. She has downs syndrome which makes her very special. My son has been a wonderful dad. He has 2 more daughters now with another woman whom he was married to but divorced. He lives for his kids.

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John Ng
8 months ago

How's the baby doing? Can we see him?

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Michelle Chelle
16 months ago

Im so sorry for your lost my friend tammy mahalick from allentown pa died the same way giving birth to her daughter and it was also her sons birthday june 5th

+ Read More
Kendall Tinnes
20 months ago

Thank you everyone for your kind words and contributions!!!!

+ Read More
Cassandra J Dunbar
21 months ago

Just read this story, will be making a donation when I get my next paycheck, so sad, will be thinking about the family and sending best thoughts to them in the meantime.

+ Read More
Greg Rebholz
21 months ago

Mark Idaho, according to this news story (http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/11/20/mom-dies-during-childbirth-aurora/70013490/) Karisa chose general anesthesia to expedite the C section vs. the typical epidural, and was informed that the epidural was safer for her but would take more time to implement and would be a greater risk of losing the baby. While nothing in labor and delivery is a certainty, it does appear she put her own health and safety at greater risk to improve the odds of her son surviving.

+ Read More
Shannon Troupe Ammon
22 months ago

Mark Idaho, the doctors had two choices. One was to save her and the other was to deliver her son. She chose to continue on and deliver her son knowing it would end with her death.

+ Read More
Mark Idaho
22 months ago

Kendal, Please help us understand what Karisa did that amounts to a sacrifice. She tragically died in childbirth but how did her choice to have an emergency C-section sacrifice her life ? The emergency C-section was more likely the best way to reduce the strain on her body due to labor and such. What choice did she make that put herself at further risk ? It was just a tragic turn of evens and our hearts go out to her husband and two children.

+ Read More
Kristen Wozny
22 months ago

Although our hearts are still broken, I want to take this opportunity today, on Thanksgiving, to extend heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have not only shared this story but have contributed to her legacy. And while these holidays will forever be changed with an empty chair at the table, because of all of you, your love, your strength, your support, we will be able to carry on and make sure that her babies, her sister, her husband, her mother can somehow find solace knowing that they are not alone. This is my sincere wish that all of you that have shared in our grief will be blessed from now moving forward. Please know you have touched our lives and our hearts in ways we will never be able to fully express. It's exactly what Karisa would have done.

+ Read More
Jennifer Werlin
22 months ago

I am very sorry and sad to hear about Karisa. I was good friends with her in high school and went to college with her. We lost touch a few years ago, but I cherish the great memories of our friendship. She was a beautiful person. My thoughts are with all of her friends and family.

+ Read More
Bobbie Padgett Buttery
22 months ago

This story made me cry..what a beautiful woman..and an amazing.mom..prayers for wes and those beautiful kids..

+ Read More
DaLinda Mefford
22 months ago

To answer your question of what you tell your son, you be honest with him, and tell him his mother loved him so much that she gave her life so that he could have one. Teach him about her and raise him to be as selfless as she was. I'm deeply sorry for your families loss and congratulations on a beautiful baby boy, who like his sister, was the light of his mother's eye!

+ Read More
Cristina Havok
22 months ago

I'm unable to afford a donation at this time, but I do want to express my deepest condelnces to the family. May Karisa rest in peace knowing that her baby boy was born healthy and may her two children grow up nowing that their mother loved them unconditionally, even if she isn't psychially there to show it.

+ Read More
Janet Bennett
22 months ago

What an amazing lady. I have personally felt this awful circumstance once in my life and it is so crazy that a healthy mum faces this at her happiest moment. We lost her and her gorgeous little boy. Whilst Declan does not have her, he has the most gorgeous mother he could ever hope for. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

+ Read More
Angelique Perkins
22 months ago

im sorry for ur loss if i was in her shoes i would have done the same thing when i had my daughter.. i will pray for u and the family

+ Read More
Clarke Brannon
22 months ago

How this broke my heart. What a strong strong woman. Saw Garth Brooks on TV this afternoon and he sang his song "Mom" and it made me think of this courageous mother. Prayers for the family!'

+ Read More
Jonathan Windham
22 months ago

Your family is in my prayers.

+ Read More
Jeff Klinko
22 months ago

My son's mother had the same thing almost 8 years ago. She survived. I can empathize with the situation. How it goes from normal to sheer chaos in less than a minute. Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and for the soul of Karisa......RIP.

+ Read More
Steve Harris
22 months ago

This is the single most prime example of a Heroine (hero), in my eyes. As a veteran, I can not separate her actions from that of those in which I served with, and also gave the ultimate sacrifice. Karisa is a very true soul in which should be the example of humanity in which we need to observe. This was her decision, it did not "just happen". She made a choice. The word "Honorable" is an understatement of her actions and who she was. Much love, loyalty and respect to Karisa, Wes and the children.

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John Walters
22 months ago

No GREATER LOVE !

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