My mother died while bringing me into this world. She died a preventable death; she lived in a poor country and wasn't able to receive emergency medical care in the rural countryside. What should have been a joyous occasion for a husband and wife quickly turned into a horrific nightmare. What should have been a mother happy to have given birth was instead a mother who suddenly died, leaving behind an infant daughter whom she never got to hold and a husband overwhelmed with grief. What should have been the bringing of a family closer together instead ripped a family apart. What should have been .... *should* have been.
My mother died a preventable death. Though she has died, I have lived. I am strong. I am strong because I am my mother's daughter, and I will not rest until I do everything in my power to make sure that one less family will not have to endure such a devastating loss.