Woman dies during C-section

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 10:16:26-05

LAPEER COUNTY — Last week James Mellish’s wife, Bethany, gave birth to their second child, James. But what was supposed to be one of his happiest days, soon became one of the darkest.

“One minute she’s OK, and the next, she wasn’t,” Mellish told WNEM.

The couple went to Hurley Medical Center for a scheduled cesarean section on Dec. 30.

Everything was going well, but shortly after doctor’s delivered James, the unthinkable happened.

“I was just sitting there, rubbing her hair while they were getting this little guy, and then the next minute, she’s not, not there,” Mellish said.

Bethany’s father, John Kaiser said, “The doctors said it was a one in a million chance with this blood clot, and the nurse that was in the operating room thought that she called it an amniotic embolism.”

Just three and a half years ago James and Bethany got married in her father’s backyard.

Kaiser held his 18-month old granddaughter, Penelope, knowing that she and her little brother have healing power.

“I think James is what’s gotten him through, James and Penelope,” Kaiser said.

Mellish said faith has helped him accept his wife’s death.

But caring for two small children at this very tough time is something he couldn’t do without family.

“My parents, my brother and sister, my in-laws – I wouldn’t get through without them, I know that. I’ve had somebody at my house pretty much non-stop,” Mellish said.

Though times are tough, Mellish said he’s pushing through because he knows Bethany wouldn’t want it any other way.

“My wife would want me to be strong for the kids, and that’s – I try to think about what my wife would do in a situation and I do it. That’s basically it,” Mellish said. “I know she wouldn’t want me sitting in the corner crying all the time, she’d want me to be there, playing with my kids, and taking care of them, so that’s what I’m doing, that’s what I’m doing.”

A GoFundMe account has been created to help with expenses. So far, it’s raised nearly $11,000.