20 is too young to die.....
My beautiful Brittany
My name is Tammie and my heart aches with sorrow. To tell my story I have to tell hers...if I were to describe my loss I would have to say it is a story of Shakespearean tragedy. I could say that my loss is more important than your loss... that would be a lie... the loss of anyone is full of pain and sorrow.
My story begins when my son started dating a beautiful girl named Brittany. Brittany was kind, she placed herself last always... I have never in all my life met anyone like her. Brittany had Marfans Syndrom, at first we had no idea how sick she really was. We instantly fell in love with her personality and attitude. Shortly after meeting her we were told she and my son were expecting. It was then that we discovered how dangerous that her condition really was. Being young she and my son did not realize the dangers in becoming pregnant. Brittany had issues with her heart due to Marfans and was told that having a child could kill her. I found out that the physician told her that if she did not abort the baby she would have a 99.9% chance of death. She did not inform anyone of this other than my son.
Brittany allowed me to make plans for their future, I bought pots and pans, gifts for their future home... never did she try and steal my joy of being excited for her. Brittany moved into our home... she became the daughter I never had. The week after her 19th birthday she was feeling sick and hurting. She was admitted to the hospital for a week and a half to give the baby time to reach 37 weeks. Not once did she complain. Brittany gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Tuesday June 5, 2012. Brittany died the following day.
My son was with her in her room and they were discussing marriage and making plans for raising their beautiful daughter. My son asked her for a kiss and she leaned forward to give him one then pulled back.... her last words were hold on.... her heart valve ruptured killing her instantly... she was dead before she fell into my sons arms. My son is now a 21 year old widower and single parent. We were told the baby may not make it but she is doing better. I feel hearbroken....sad... and forever grateful for her short time in our lives. Not a day will ever go by that I do not miss her.