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‘Promise me, whatever happens, take care of Momma.’ The intercom blared. Mom wailed. He was alive, barely.’: Daughter fulfills promise to her beloved daddy after his death ‘no matter what’

“‘I’m sending you to the ICU right now,’ the doctor told my parents. ‘I want a second opinion,’ my father replied. ‘Frank, you don’t have time for a second opinion…’ It was like any typical Thursday in my world. I found it odd no one was there when I arrived, but hoped Mom had taken Daddy to the doctor for the headaches he’d been having. The phone rang. I could hear my aunt saying, ‘calm down, you’ve got to be strong for him.’ He had an aneurysm at the base of his brain. It could rupture at any time.”

‘He got involved with women who resembled his mother. He was in a dark place. What he found, was heroin.’: Woman loses the love of her life to addiction, urges he was ‘not just some junkie’

“‘I never want you to meet my mother,’ he would tell me. I assured him she couldn’t scare me away. The cops told him to pack clothes and leave his mother’s house. ‘You aren’t going to arrest her for assaulting me?’ The cop replied, ‘You’re a big guy. There’s nothing I can do.’ I remember just shaking my head, leaning in for a hug. I love you more, Michael. But that love wasn’t enough.”

‘My fiance, a firefighter, arrived to help a drunk driver at the scene when he was hit by another drunk driver, also a firefighter.’: Woman loses fiance months before wedding, honors him with special wedding photo shoot

“That night, I told my fiance I had to leave early to make dessert for Thanksgiving. I texted him I made it home safely. He never responded. I thought he’d fallen asleep. My home phone rang. I remember hearing my dad say, ‘He didn’t make it!’ and my mom bawling in the background. I was so confused. I thought my sister’s husband had gotten into an accident, but they came into my room instead. The love of my life had died.”

‘Can you do the session tomorrow? We don’t have much time.’ I couldn’t hold back my tears.’: Photographer captures ‘bittersweet’ moments one day before baby passes from Microcephaly

“The next day, I showed up for the photo shoot. As soon as his mom brought him in, I was immediately teary-eyed. But they weren’t tears of pity, it was genuinely pure joy. He was the cutest little fighter I’d ever seen. See, baby Aiden was supposed to be stillborn, but he came out fighting. I cried, prayed, yelled, and cried some more the entire 45-minute drive home. I woke up the next morning to a message that he died. I am a wreck right now.”

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