A father is now left to raise his son alone. A sad news story from Australia.
Kyden Thomas Bede Kelly entered the world last Thursday, 16 October.
On that same day, his mother — Kymberlie Shepherd, 26 — tragically left it.
Now, Kyden’s heartbroken father Wayde Kelly, 26, has spoken out about the rare complication that killed his “soulmate” and fiancé — and has shared photos of the beautiful little son he must now raise alone.
“The most amazing, beautiful, caring, selfless, funny, bubbly and loving individual has been taken from me and this world way too soon,” the devastated new father wrote on Facebook on 17 October.
“For Kym, becoming a mum was what she has always wanted to do. We had to travel the word, get our dream jobs, buy a dog and do everything that we would one day want to do first. We finally had and it was time to have a baby!” he wrote.
“Her final selfless act in this world was to deliver her beautiful, health(y), 7lb 15oz son…. Earth has truly lost an angel, I have lost my other half.”
Mr Kelly described Ms Shepherd’s labour at a Perth hospital to Perth Now.
“They said the baby’s nearly here — she was trying to push and then she said she felt light-headed,” he said.
“I was holding her hand and I looked away for a second, and she just let go of my hand and had a bit of a fit,” he said. “I was watching her lose colour. It’s something I’ll never forget. The last thing I saw was the smallest nurse jump on the gurney and start giving chest compressions and at that point I felt sick.”
Ms Shepherd had suffered an amniotic fluid embolism — a condition that occurs when foetal material or amniotic fluid enters the maternal bloodstream.
“At first I couldn’t look at him without crying,” he told the newspaper of his little son. Perth Now reports the condition affect just 6.1 of every 100,000 deliveries.
But this morning, Mr Kelly shared photos of Kyden on Facebook, writing: “A lot of people been asking for pics… Such an unusual time but Kymberlie Shepherd would want people to see him.”
“The little bloke is doing really well,” he wrote. “Thanks so much to everyone helping, chatting, sharing with everything, it has been so so so overwhelming.”
Now, family and friends of Wayde and Kyden have set up a crowdfunding page to raise funds for the little boy.
“If you know Wayde, you know he will be a great father and be able to provide more than enough love and caring for little Kyden in the absence of his mother.
“However, a little help and support from those that love him and Kym will go a long way,” the page reads.
“The amount of love and support that the Kelly’s and Shepherd’s (sic) are receiving is astounding and truly is a testament to the everlasting impression Kym has left on all of us,” it says.
To donate to the fund, click here.“We are sure Kym will be watching over Kyden and his daddy, however, times will be tough for them both, as well as their close family and friends as they adjust to life without Kym’s beautiful presence in it.”
This article originally appeared on MamaMia.com.au