Life and death are two sides of the same coin, and Sarah Shellenberger truly experienced this paradox when her husband tragically passed away, followed by the beautiful birth of her son.
After her husband, Scott, died unexpectedly, his 40-year-old widow Sarah Shellenberger was at a loss. However, a light entered her life when she gave birth to her late husband's baby son Hayes over a year following his death.
Scott contacted Shellenberger via Facebook in 2017, the both of them having initially met in Southern Nazarene University. They got engaged four months after seeing each other in person again and began trying for a baby straight away.
Sarah Shellenberger with her late husband Scott (left) and Sarah Shellenberger with their eight-week-old baby son Hayes (right). │Source: Seraya Ellison
Prior to his untimely death, science professor Scott and the teacher had just gone to a Barbados fertility clinic. There, the two had embryo fertilization after they found out they could not conceive; naturally, Shellenberger saying:
“Both of us really wanted at least three kids and we were really excited to start our family.”
Unfortunately, before he could live to see his child, the 41-year-old died of a sudden heart attack while teaching a college class in February 2020. Six months later, Shellenberger fell pregnant with his baby, who is now 8 weeks old.
The mother stated that it was their greatest dream to have children and that Scott had a deep desire to become a father. Before they began IVF, the two agreed that they should do what they wished with the embryo.
Scott's death came as a massive shock to his now-widowed wife, who found out after she landed in Toronto after her second trip back from the Barbados Fertility Center that he couldn't accompany her on.
She expressed that she was distraught when she heard the news about his heart attack. However, due to how healthy and young he was, Shellenberger revealed that she truly believed at the time that he would survive.
Sadly this was not the case, as upon arriving at the hospital, she saw Scott hooked up to life support; the neurologist informed her that he was brain dead. A week after his death, the clinic told the new mother that there was a usable embryo.
After his death, Chen Liua asked for Wenjian's sperm to be preserved.
The teacher says that she can see her late soulmate in Hayes. Although she wishes Scott were there, Shellenberger emphasizes how her little one has reinvigorated her with purpose.
This tragic yet beautiful story is not unique to Shellenberger. Pei Xia Chen Liu's little girl Angelina Liu is a shining reminder of her once brave husband.
This 4-year-old was born three years after her father, Detective Wenjian Liu's death. Detective Wenjian, who worked for the New York Police Department, was ambushed and shot dead while on the job.
After his death, Chen Liua asked for Wenjian's sperm to be preserved, and she later had Angelina through IVF. These women's husbands may be gone, but their children are shining remembrances of the men they once loved.
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