For many couples, the birth of their first child is a joyful occasion. Families gather around to help celebrate and welcome the newborn into the world. Memories are made.  Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan during every birth; sometimes there are complications for the mother or child. Those happy moments can quickly turn into a tragedy.

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Louisiana natives Sarah Bertrand and Jean-Luc Montou welcomed a healthy little boy into the world Wednesday, to the joy of all of their friends and family. Sadly, tragedy struck almost 24 hours after Bertrand gave birth to baby Julian.

Bertrand passed away unexpectedly after she went into cardiac arrest. Doctors believe that a blood clot formed during labor.

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“The doctors tell me that she had a pulmonary embolism from a blood clot that must have formed during labor. It just happened. She was fine all day and all night before,” Montou wrote in a string of Facebook post, announcing the death of his life partner.

“Sarah was the absolute love of my life… She treated me better than I’ve ever been treated in my life by any other woman. She was an angel and the mother of my only son.”

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Shortly into his Facebook post to his friends and family, Montou reminisced how happy he was just 24 hours prior, holding his son in his arms as his wife looked on from her hospital bed.

“My last 24 hours with her was the happiest I’d ever been. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been allowed to be past a certain point of happiness. I loved this woman like no other and she died in front of me while I held our son,” he wrote.

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Montou, who has a daughter from a previous relationship, also praised Bertrand for loving his daughter Jane as if she were her own child. The single father faces a mountain of responsibility as he must now raise two children alone. That mountain just got larger when he discovered his wife didn’t have life insurance.

In his string of Facebook posts remembering his wife, he made another that informed his friends and family that he was creating a GoFundMe to help with the expenses of burying his wife and providing for his children. The post has garnered over 20,000 shares and the GoFundMe account is already halfway to the $8000 goal.

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Montou says he knows that a part of his wife lives within their son. “I want to honor her memory by raising Julian to be the best man I can make him, but it will be so hard with her sudden loss.”