“All of a sudden it hit me,” Matt told The Guardian in April 2011. “She was going to die, today, here in this hospital. And she was never going to hold her baby.” Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot that blocked the passageways into her lungs. Her death was almost instant.
Matt suddenly found himself torn between two extreme emotions. On the one hand, there was the immense joy of his newborn baby; on the other, there was the unfathomable loss of his wife and best friend. Raising his daughter alone was a prospect that he had simply never considered.