A soldier’s wife was waiting for her husband’s homecoming while holding a handmade sign. While others around her were smiling, though, she was grimacing in pain. The woman knew that she needed to get to the hospital fast, but she was determined to pick up her husband first.
Katrina Wythes is from Ventura, California, and her husband, Marc, is in the Marines. Careers in the military often come with sacrifices, and towards the end of 2016 Marc was deployed on a mission, leaving his wife and his young daughter at home. It would be months before he was able to return.
What’s more, while such absences may be par for the course for those in the military, the timing of this particular deployment was especially problematic. That’s because Katrina was pregnant, and by the time her husband’s mission had begun, she was already three months gone. The couple’s second child was due on May 25, 2017.