Family Of Newborn Triplets Witnesses Community's Kindness
HeartEternal Staff 5/10/2017
At the start of last year, Joey and Casi Rott were already a big, happy family! Little did they know that they were about to become even bigger and happier. The young couple was already blessed with two adorable girls, Tenley and Chloe, and were elated find out they were bringing not one more child into the world, but three!
When the Rotts found out Casi was pregnant with triplets, they couldn't have been more excited. While triplets are a massive addition to the family, they believed they were up for the task. After all, their parenting skills were already clear with the two little ones.
Unfortunately for Casi, carrying three precious lives can put a lot of strain on the body - but she handled it well. The brave mother enjoyed her pregnancy and smile the whole way through, even though she said carrying the kiddos was the hardest thing she's ever done, as Joey told KWCH 12 News.
"Her main thing with this pregnancy was to carry them as long as she can. She wanted to carry them for 34 weeks. That was her number one goal, to have healthy babies."
During the last three months of her pregnancy, Casi stayed in Wichita, Kansas, which was over two hours away from their house. She was ready to jump if something went wrong with the pregnancy. The cautious Casi didn't want to risk losing one of the greatest joys of her life just to be in the comfort of her own home!
Weeks before their expected due date, the triplets decided their time to enter the world had came. Joey rushed Casi to the hospital, where the babies were safely delivered via C-section. Casi got to hold her healthy babies, two boys and one girl, making the struggle in the months before completely worth it. Asher, Levi and Piper were born as healthy as could be.
A few days after delivery, all seemed right with Casi and doctors approved her hospital release - but they decided to keep the triplets a bit longer to monitor their progress. The couple went home for a well-deserved night of rest with their older girls.
All seemed right with the world until the unthinkable happened. Casi began to experience chest pain, and Joey sensed that the matter was urgent.
Not wanting to risk anything, Joey took Casi to the hospital, where they treated her with blood thinners. Subsequent scans didn't show signs that anything was off, so she was released from the hospital that night.
Once again, a few days later, Casi started to feel the pain all over again.
"She got to spend four hours here tiding up the nursery how she wanted it. I brought the two girls back here at 5 o'clock. She got to hug them, kiss them and love on them for about five minutes before the issues started."
The next thing Joey knew, his life changed forever.
Joey and Casi returned to the hospital a third time - but this time it was much different. A blood clot, caused by the turbulent pregnancy and C-section, blocked her lungs and caused her to pass away.
Now Joey will raise his five children without his beloved wife.
Luckily, friends, family and strangers on the Internet got together to help out in any way they could. A GoFundMe account was created to help Joey raise funds for medical expenses, and all of the other expensive necessities that come with parenthood.
While Joey can never forget Casi and the incredible gifts she bestowed upon him in her final days, the GoFundMe account certainly helps financially. The account has raised $177,000 in just over a year, well over its $10,000 goal.
Joey was shocked by the overwhelming amount of support from the community, as event creator Hilary Holten Thompson wrote on the GoFundMe page.
"The entire Rott family wishes to thank everyone who has reached out to their family, and given in any capacity, during this most difficult time. The donations, prayers, love and support that have flooded in has been emotionally overwhelming and humbling to say the least for this family. (A family who would normally be on the giving end, and not the receiving end of a generous deed.) "
While something like this can strike at any time, Joey's story just goes to show that the kindness of strangers is alive and real. With the Internet's help, Joey and the babies can begin their new life without the financial burden of parenthood.