A San Diego, California, mother died while giving birth to another family’s baby on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, after making the selfless decision to become a surrogate.
Michelle Reaves was on her second surrogacy for the same family and like any other pregnancy, surrogate pregnancies involve the same medical risks of carrying a child and giving birth. She ran into a series of complications during childbirth.
While the baby survived, Michelle was left fighting for her life and eventually died—leaving her two children Gage and Monroe and her husband Chris, according to a GoFundMe created to help with funeral costs.
“I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through so I want to start this page to help raise money for help with the kids, for Chris as they all adjust, funeral services or anything at all to make it as easy as we can on them,” Jaime Herwehe, who organized the fundraiser on behalf of the family wrote.
Jamie went on to say his “heart breaks” for Michelle’s two children who won’t have the chance to “grow old with their mama.”
Describing Michelle as having the ‘best’ personality, Jamie recalled, “For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family. Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.”