New mum loses her fiance and own mother as they raced to the hospital to see her give birth
A US woman has given birth to her son unaware that her mother and fiance had been killed while racing to the hospital for the delivery.
Crystal Matrau-Belt, 24, told the Kalamazoo Gazette that the last she had heard from her fiance Emil Skokan was a text.
“I got a text from (Emil), “Do you want me to bring up anything?” and just said “I’ll meet you up there” and that he loved me,’” she said.
It was only three hours after she gave birth to a son she named Jeremiah that she was told about the accident.
“I asked my stepdad, ‘Do you know where Emil is?’’ Ms Matrau-Bell said. “My dad said, ‘Honey, that’s what we need to talk to you about’.”
“I just all of a sudden had a sinking feeling something was wrong. I just didn’t know that it was my fiance and my mum,” she said.
New love ... Crystal Matrau-Belt kisses her son Jeremiah James Matrau-Skokan on the forehead. Picture: APSource:AP
Police say that speed was a factor in the crash which saw Skokan hit a tree.
“They were trying to get here,” Matrau-Belt said. “They didn’t know what was going on, and a lot of medical stuff was happening. Their main focus was being able to be here because I didn’t want them to miss anything. They just wanted to be there for me,” Ms Matrau-Bell said.
Skokan, who has two other sons — Emil Skokan IV and Kayden Skokan — would have celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday.
Ms Matrau-Bell said she is pulled between joy at being a first-time mum to grief at losing the two people she loved the most.
Excited to be a grandma ... Crystal Matrau-Belt, pictured right with her mother, Peggy Nichols. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
“I waited so long to be able to have a child, and to have a child but then have two things ripped out of my life, it’s just really hard to deal with and even process,” she said. “I go to pick up (Jeremiah) and I see Emil in him. It’s hard, but just to know that I have a piece of Emil — that helps a little bit.”
Ms Matrau-Belt said that Nichols was excited to meet her first biological grandchild and that she had ‘never seen her so happy’.
“She could not wait for him to be here,” she said. “She had big plans to take him to the zoo, to