A man has penned a heart-wrenching tribute to his girlfriend who was killed before they could announce that she was pregnant with their first child.
Kylee Bruce, 24, was killed in a car crash in Deschutes County, Oregon, Tuesday evening, just days before Christmas.
After she passed away, her boyfriend, Brandon Forseth, revealed in a Facebook post that their unborn child had been killed too. He shared the heartbreaking news by posting a photo of an ultrasound image resting on three stockings labelled "Brandon," "Kylee" and "Baby."
They were going to tell their loved ones about the pregnancy in just two weeks.
"You made me promise not to announce our baby to the world until 20 weeks when we found out the sex," he wrote. "We were going to make a funny announcement video and share it with everyone. You were 18 weeks pregnant with my first child, and I lost you both last night."
Since he wrote the public post on Wednesday, it has been shared more than 200,000 times.
It continued: "Even though I hadn't met my baby, the amount of love and excitement I had in my heart was unlike anything I'd ever felt. Listening to its heartbeat for the first time on the ultrasound, staring at the ultrasound pictures on my fridge in awe of the little life growing inside of you.
"I couldn't wait to be a father and I felt so blessed everyday that it would grow up with you as its mother."
He remembered how committed Bruce had been to their baby.
"I could feel the warmth and purpose our child gave you, and I knew I needed to be the best man I could possibly be for both of you, to keep you comfortable and safe," he wrote.
Bruce was killed on Tuesday when she tried to overtake another car, according to an Oregon State Police news release. Instead, she lost control of her vehicle and it slid sideways into the path of oncoming traffic. She collided with two other cars and died at the scene.
The drivers of the other vehicles were taken to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
“I know you’ll be the best Mom in heaven to our little one when he/she is born in June," Forseth continued. "I wish I could see its little face just one time. I know it would have been beautiful just like its mother...
"Rest in Peace Kylee Bruce. Rest in Peace, Braylee or Talon, daddy loves you so so very much."
The family is raising money for Kylee's memorial and funeral expenses on Gofundme.