At only 30 weeks pregnant, influencer Emilee Hembrow revealed she lost her unborn son, Jamal.
Back in February, Hembrow first announced her pregnancy.
“We are over the moon to be expecting a new addition to the family,” the mom of 3-year-old Aaliyah and 1-year-old Gabriel, wrote February 23 on Instagram.
“I’ve always dreamed of having a big family and we are so thankful to be able to give the kids another sibling.”
And as her baby grew, Hembrow excitedly shared the news with her one million-plus followers.
“I wonder what’s to come when I’m due in August,” she wrote at 19 weeks on April 1. “I had an ultrasound this week,” she wrote a few weeks later on April 17. “It was so nice to see our baby boy is doing great and is healthy!”
But on June 21, she shared a different type of post.
And at 30 weeks, she shared a drawing of a figure drawing. It is not clear how Jamal died or if Hembrow suffered from any pregnancy complications before his death.
“There is really no test harder that a person can face, than a loss of their child,” she wrote. “The bond that is created between the mother and her child, through pregnancy forms the strongest of bonds….there is a connection between mother and child,” she continued, “…that is established during pregnancy.”
“[It] forms the strongest of bonds,” she explained. “God loves those who are patient through hardship. This world is short, and we believe our angel Jamal Reign Ada is waiting at the gates of paradise for mom and dad with open arms,” she continued. “Rest In Peace our little angel.”
Just a few days later on June 23, Hembrow posted photos from her son’s funeral— revealing her daughter Aaliyah placing flowers on her brother’s grave.
While her family was “expecting a baby” she wrote how instead, “…God gifted us with the most beautiful Guardian Angel.”
“Whilst we won’t be able to hold him in our arms, baby Jamal will be held in our hearts for the rest of our days,” she continued.
Their son was ” the light and the wake-up call needed by us all,” she added. He healed relationships that had long since broken and “made us question our own paths in life and brought us closer to our faith. I’m thankful I got to meet my angel, even if it was for a moment. Rest In Peace Jamal Reign Ada.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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