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Widow gets pregnant via IVF following husband's death
January 2, 2017
Before Sam Tripson died in September 2015 from stage IV lymphoma, he and his wife Kristen had been trying to add another bundle of joy to their family. Three years earlier, while Sam was undergoing treatment for his cancer, he and his wife decided to go the in vitro fertilization route and freeze a few embryos, Us Magazine reported.
While Sam was still alive, the Tripsons successfully were able to bring daughter Alice Ann, 2, to term. When the couple tried for another baby, the embryo ended up not being viable and Kristen had a miscarriage. To make matters worse, Sam died a few weeks after Kristen's miscarriage, according to Us. Though she was grieving, Kristen decided to try once more. Six months after Sam died, Kristen made her announcement via Instagram that she was pregnant.
“Though we never talked much about ‘the end,’ we did talk about our embryos,” she wrote in the post. “I know it’s a very personal, private subject, but to us, they were our potential children. On ice. It was always our plan, regardless of what happened, that they would have a chance at life. Over the past 6 months, there has never been a doubt as to what I was going to do. Even in ICU during his final hours, I knew what I was going to do. After he was gone, I laid next to him for a long time. I prayed for the strength I would need to get up and leave the hospital and eventually, when I was ready, to move forward with our plans.”
Kristen, who is due on October 28, said she won’t find out the sex of her child until she gives birth. She said to Us Weekly that she misses Sam every day and that it will be hard to raise this new little one without him, but she’s looking forward to what lies ahead.
“I’m not scared,” she said. “I’m so excited to meet this little person. It’s hard to process, but just having a chance to meet another one of Sam’s children, it just blows my mind.”