Like any new dad, Matt Logelin was filled with joy when his daughter was born. Indeed, both he and his wife Liz were so happy, as their lives were now perfect. One day later, however, it would turn into a living hell when Liz suddenly passed away. Instantly torn between the immense joy of his newborn daughter and unfathomable grief of losing his wife, he turned to his blog for comfort.
Matt, a 39-year-old writer and public speaker from Minnetonka, Minnesota, met Liz in high school. The attraction was instant, and the pair started dating. They maintained a long-distance relationship while he studied sociology at university in Minnesota, and Liz attended college in California.
After Matt earned a master’s degree from Chicago’s Loyola University, he brought his studies to an end and moved to LA to be with Liz. On August 13, 2005, the high school sweethearts married. With their careers on the rise, life couldn’t have been much better for the couple.
Matt worked as a project manager at Yahoo!, while Liz was an executive at Disney. And their seemingly wonderful lives became even more blessed when, in 2007, Liz fell pregnant. However, the pregnancy had some difficulties that left Liz hospitalized.
Liz began to experience an extreme case of morning sickness, and doctors ordered her into bed rest. She spent three weeks at home before being transferred to hospital for a further two weeks’ rest. To keep their families and friends informed, Matt decided to post updates on his blog.
On March 24, 2008, doctors performed an emergency C-section. But after Liz spent just a brief moment with her baby, Madeline was whisked off to the neonatal intensive care unit. Matt posted on their blog, “Madeline is here! The proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby. Look forward to even more good news.”
The next update, however, was far from good news. It was 27 hours after Liz had given birth and nurses were preparing the new mom to see her daughter in the NICU. As she climbed into her wheelchair she muttered, “I feel light-headed.” Then she passed out.