This story is miraculous and heart breaking in equal measure.
Port Macquarie woman Jayne Wren gave birth to her baby prematurely in Fiji on 31 May, then lost her husband just days after arriving back in Australia.
And now, she’s opened up about the ordeal in a heartbreaking interview on the Today show, telling the show’s host Sylvia Jeffreys: “I lost the love of my life.”
“He adored her,” she said, speaking through tears. “He really was so excited to be a daddy.”
Mrs Wren and her husband Ashley were holidaying in Fiji for a friend’s wedding when she unexpectedly went into labour in the back of a taxi.
Maddison Jayne Cazna Wren was born at 33 weeks, weighing 1.7kg — and
Mrs Wren told Today show that after Maddi’s birth: “Ashley looked at her and he looked at me and he said,’I’m going to work so hard for you, to take care of you’.”
“He was so proud, he was so proud of her,” Mrs Wren said.
But the new parents soon faced another dilemma: Their travel insurance did not cover the cost of having a baby in Fiji, or of bringing the baby home which required a doctor-assisted trip.
Jayne and Ashley started an online campaign to help raise money so they could bring their new baby home, and the community of Port Macquarie rallied around the couple.
On June 19, they were able to fly the family home.
That’s where the story should have ended: with Jayne, Ashley and their newborn, back in Australia surrounded by friends and family. Safe. Secure. Happy.