A North Carolina couple that had lost their very young sons in a car accident two years prior, Gentry and Hadley Eddings, have reportedly given birth this week to a set of twins. However, it was the names that they chose that made hospital staff tear up.
They two boys’ middle names are an homage to their older siblings, who they have never met.
The couple’s two-year-old son was killed on impact in a 2015 car accident. At the time, Hadley was 8 months pregnant with their other son.
The Daily Mail reports:
Hadley was eight months pregnant at the time of the crash. Doctors delivered the baby by emergency c-section, but the child, named Reed, also passed away two days later.
The truck driver who rear-ended the family, Matthew Blair Deans, who was also 28 years old at the time, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. He was released at the end of November, after serving a year and three months.
Investigators say he was driving while distracted.
At his sentencing hearing, Deans apologized to the couple for the pain he had caused them.
The couple responded by forgiving Deans in a public statement.
‘We hope to be holding hands with you in heaven with our children,’ the couple said, according to WWAY.
The couple announced their pregnancy on Facebook page in January.
‘Y’all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!’, Hadley said.
Hadley shared a photo of her ultrasound on the Prayers for the Eddings Family page, and received thousands of likes.
After the accident, the couple said they had not thought about having more children.
Gentry is a worship leader at Forest Hills Church, one of the biggest churches in the area.
After the accident, the couple started a GoFundMe account, which raised over $200,000. They have decided to donate that to a mission in Haiti, where they both served.