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IN People ON 16 Mar, 2016
Their world goes around when parents welcome their baby into the world. But, this couple faced the hardest part of their lives following that happiest time. Their baby's heart had to be transplanted, they had to take the help of crowdfunding, and see their baby die. But, what happened next will take your breath away.
When Mindy was 20 weeks pregnant, their son was told to be having a damaged heart. Shortly after his birth, baby Lincoln needed an open-heart surgery to place a shunt there, that would keep him alive.
And the parents had to hear what they might have never imagined, their son needed to undergo a transplant.
"If there was ever a time for me to step up as dad and husband, that was the time." Rob took the decision to leave behind his home and job, and shift nearer to Seattle Children's hospital.
"I refused to let my family suffer. I made sure that every action I made was intentionally directed towards giving them the support they needed."
He did all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and got the other boys enrolled in school. He even went to the extent of making sure his kids had fun in Seattle, although the reason behind relocation was miserable.
"I made sure to ask them questions about their feelings concerning Lincoln. I didn't want anything bottled up. They needed to know they could talk to me about anything", said Rob.
But, as he was being prepared for the transplant, his heart stopped and he died. The doctors at once opened up his heart and manually compressed it, successfully connecting him to a bypass machine. What could take up to 2 hours, was done in 12 minutes.
"I could not imagine getting through this without Rob's support. He gives his all to our family and he often sacrifices his own needs to take care of ours", said Mindy. To which, Rob responded, "This is what I'm supposed to do."