As Jared and Caitlyn Wilson got ready to welcome their second child into the world over the holidays in 2022, they couldn’t contain their enthusiasm. On December 12, Jared, a resident anesthesiologist at a hospital in Buffalo, New York, joyously dropped his wife off at the same hospital where he worked, not realizing that their lives were about to take an unexpected and tragic turn.

In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Jared described the chaotic sequence of events that transpired during the two-week period. The voyage started out well, turned awful, got better, ugly, and ended tragically.

at Caitlyn’s water ruptured, her contractions began at 1:00 a.m. on December 13, raising the first red flags. Their infant’s arm was positioned just above his face, and Jared could see that the umbilical cord was right behind it. The cord became trapped between the baby’s neck and head as a result of this unique location, raising concerns about uterine cord prolapse. The newborn is at a high danger of suffocating because of this condition.

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Their second son was born at 2:12 a.m. after the medical team quickly conducted an emergency c-section at 2:00 a.m. despite the dangerous circumstances. He was sobbing loudly and miraculously healthy, which was a comforting indication. Jared exhaled a sigh of comfort.

The happy occasion, though, was fleeting as Caitlyn started having problems after giving birth. The issues appeared to be under control at first, until she needed to be intubated and undergo general anesthesia. The possibility that during the procedure gastric acid and liquids might enter her lungs worried the doctors greatly.

Caitlyn’s situation remained difficult but steady for the next ten days. Then, on December 21, everything drastically went wrong for her. After being moved to the intensive care unit, she was put on maximal oxygen support. Caitlyn was awake and interacting with her family by December 21, Jared’s 30th birthday, even though she was intubated because to lung inflammation. This was supposed to provide her an opportunity to rest.

But things quickly became worse because the intubation didn’t work. The medical staff were concerned when Caitlyn’s blood pressure fell and her white blood cell count skyrocketed. Blood clots developed, making the situation more difficult and necessitating the use of blood thinners. However, because of her considerable blood loss from the previous emergency c-section, this constituted a risk.

After being intubated for over 12 hours, Caitlyn experienced her first code. It was a terrifying time, and the medical staff did everything they could to keep her stable. But later on that evening, they discovered organ damage. Dialysis would take fluids from her body, and she required fluids to fight septic shock, so doctors debated it but couldn’t decide.

On December 22, Caitlyn coded for the second time by 7:00 a.m. Having to make a painful choice, Jared intervened and cancelled the code. Though it was an extremely tough decision, he felt it was essential.

After Caitlyn died away, Jared turned to his parents for comfort and support; they relocated to Buffalo to assist him in raising their two boys, Lincoln and Gabriel. On January 15, 2023, they arranged a heartfelt funeral for Caitlyn.

Even as Jared struggled to process the tremendous loss, he conveyed his gratitude to the medical staff for fighting with his wife during those difficult ten days. He was relieved to know that Caitlyn was receiving exceptional care and that efforts were being made on her behalf.

Jared expressed his conviction in the enduring power of true love, which transcends the bounds of life and death, in the face of unfathomable sorrow. He emphasized that the three years he had with Caitlyn were sufficient to last a lifetime and guarantee that his sons would experience their mother’s love. He treasured their time together.

The Wilson family received overwhelming support from individuals impacted by their tragic journey, as seen by the creation of a GoFundMe page to help them through this difficult time.

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