In 2008, young couple Matt and Liz Logelin were happily married and expecting their first child. They excitedly prepared for the birth, but a terrible tragedy would soon strike and change a life forever. However, a pregnancy blog Liz kept would soon offer a glimpse of hope and healing. Read on to find out more about this couple’s story…
High School Sweethearts
Matt and Liz met at a gas station as high school seniors and began to date. Even when they separated for college, the two were committed to a long-distance relationship. Though Matt went on to get his masters degree as well, he left after graduation to finally be with Liz in Los Angeles. And soon their little family would expand!
Baby Makes Three
The couple got married in 2005. A few years later, they found out they were expecting a baby girl! Matt and Liz were absolutely thrilled with the idea of becoming parents. They even shared updates on a special pregnancy blog! However, the pregnancy, sadly, didn’t come without its share of complications.
A Rough Pregnancy
Liz went through a tough and high-risk pregnancy, experiencing severe morning sickness and other health issues. Doctors eventually had to perform an emergency C-section, with baby girl Madeline born prematurely in 2008. The new parents were hopeful that everything would be okay. However, things would soon take a turn for the worst…
An Unthinkable Tragedy
After five weeks on bed rest, Liz was wheeled out by nurses to finally see her newborn again in the NICU. However, Liz suddenly passed out before she even could get there. The new mom passed away from a pulmonary embolism, leaving Matt to raise their daughter alone.
Matt was grieving Liz’s loss, but found strength and comfort in raising Maddy. He also started writing on Star Tribune‘s online parenting forum, opening about his grief. But the couple’s old pregnancy blog would soon give Matt new life and hope for the future!
Tragedy Into Triumph
Matt also turned to the couple’s old blog to share his experiences as a widower and single parent. Thousands of readers soon rallied around him and gave him advice. Matt would also find a wonderful way to honor Liz’s memory…
Building A Legacy
In 2009, Matt set up The Liz Logelin Foundation in honor of Liz. The foundation hosts several charity events in Liz’s memory, including 5K walks and runs. It has also become a strong network of support for widowers and their families. Matt also wrote a book and has continued to be a great dad to Maddy. See how the two of them look now next!
Matt And Maddy Today
Now 10 years old, Maddy, alongside her dad, is actively involved in the foundation for her mom. She also loves comic books, superheroes, and rock music. Matt and Maddy still live in LA, and often travel together to experience new cultures.