VIA| When Chris Honey took a picture of his pregnant wife before they left for the hospital, there was a strange glow around Brigette’s head— almost like a halo.
In the days that followed, Chris realized that the glow was more than just a trick of light. It was a sign that God was with them, no matter what lay ahead.
As WHNT News reports, Abby and Austin Honey came into this world on a Thanksgiving that no one would ever forget.
The sister and brother were born via emergency C-section, but were healthy enough to leave the hospital soon after their birth. The same, unfortunately, was not true of their mother.
Within hours of the delivery, Brigette began to experience an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare and dangerous complication that only occurs once in every 80,000 births.
“I went down to the second floor and there was a nurse that met me,” Chris tells WHNT. “She asked if I was Mr. Honey and said ‘I need you to step in this room,’ and as soon as I walked in that room my heart dropped.”
Brigette’s blood pressure and heart rate had fallen, and she began having trouble breathing. The survival rate for an amniotic fluid embolism is only 20 percent, and for many hours, it looked as though Brigette would never get the chance to hold her new babies.
“Friday night was a rough night,” Chris remembers. “She struggled to stay alive all night long. They were pumping her full of blood.”
It took two emergency surgeries and more than 25 liters of blood before Brigette’s body stopped fighting itself and she began to stabilize. The family asked for prayers via Facebook, and received an outpouring of support.
Through it all, Chris stayed by his wife’s side, praying for her recovery.
“It is 3:25am and I am sitting beside the love of my life I am very cold and sleepy but I WILL NOT LEAVE HER!!!” he wrote onFacebook. “She is still doing good. She is one tough woman, I love her like no one could ever imagine!!!”
After several days and an additional surgery, Brigette was well enough to be taken off the ventilator and even spent time with her new twins. Chris says that doctors were impressed with how quickly Brigette was healing.
Thanksgiving in the Honey household that year was a little later than usual, but with the twins at home and Brigette on the mend, there was plenty to celebrate.
“We are just thankful. This is the best Thanksgiving that I’ve ever had, that my family has ever had— it’s a miracle,” Chris tells WHNT.
And as Brigette’s halo photo reminds them, God is with them no matter what lies ahead.