A Massachusetts man suffered unspeakable loss when the love of his life, their newborn daughter and his sister died within days of each other.
Domingos Fraga’s 26-year-old wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Fraga passed away while giving birth to their daughter, Juliet, on Friday, officials said.
The new mom’s death came as a shock to her husband, who said his wife had no complications during her pregnancy.
He vowed to keep her memory alive for their newborn baby girl.
“Liz, Juliet is beautiful and everyday I remind her that you are here with her,” Fraga wrote on Facebook in a tribute to his wife.
“I will tell her every day I get with her how much you loved her and how excited you were (that you) were going to meet her.”
But Fraga only had five days to hold and read to his little girl before she passed away on May 11. She had taken in too much blood during birth.
The devastated father told reporters that he believed his daughter was meant to be with his wife, whom he married in December. But knowing they were together did not make the loss any less painful.
As he mourned his wife and daughter during their wake Monday, Fraga learned his 42-year-old sister, Melina Fraga, had died of cervical cancer, WCVB reported. In addition, his 91-year-old grandmother had suffered a stroke a day earlier.
“All my family is being taken away,” Maria Fraga, Domingos’ mother, told the television station. “It’s not fair.”
Loved ones created a GoFundMe page for Fraga, whom they described as one of the most selfless and kindhearted men they knew.
“He would never ask for money, and be more inclined to give you money rather than take any. But he's not asking, we are,” a friend wrote on the page. “He's already emotionally drowning with all this bad news and the last thing we would want for him is to drown in debt.”
Within five days of the page’s creation, nearly $50,000 had been raised.
The amount stunned Fraga, who took to the page to thank those who contributed.
“I cannot express in to words the amazing support in which you have all given me,” he wrote. “In this unstable state of mind keeping me on a straight path in dealing with the loss of my soulmate my best friend and my amazingly strong daughter that held out for as long as she did so daddy could no(sic) the joy of holding her in his arms changing her diaper reading to her at night listening to music with her as i put her to sleep.”
Loved ones also took to social media to express their condolences for Fraga and his family’s many losses.
“I have never seen a family as close to one another,” one friend posted on Fraga’s Facebook. “You definitely could not ask for three better angels.”