When Courtney Hill’s husband Brian died in a tragic accident her whole life fell apart. However, when she later discovered she was pregnant, it was like someone had handed her a ray of light. Then, 25 weeks into her pregnancy, disaster struck once more.
Courtney remembers well the day she met her husband-to-be Brian. It was during a snowstorm that hit Green Oaks, Illinois, in 2011. Courtney had sought shelter at the Timothy O’Toole pub in Gurnee, as had her future beau.
Brian was a Navy veteran who had served time in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He had won medals for his service to the country, and he and Courtney soon hit it off. So, a year after meeting, in July 2012, they tied the knot.
Following their marriage, Courtney and Brian welcomed their first child – a little girl named Reagan – in 2014. Brian was a doting father, and according to Courtney’s sister Amanda Willey, his love for his wife was clear to see for everyone who knew them.
Describing their relationship in 2016, Amanda told ABC News, “Brian really showed her what true love was. They had a relationship unlike any other couple I’ve ever met. Just the smile on their faces, the sparkle in their eye. Anyone that was around them knew they loved each other.”
With that in mind, it’s not hard to imagine Courtney’s anguish at suddenly losing her dear Brian. In February 2016, the veteran was working for a lumber company when he was involved in a deadly car accident. He was just 40 years old at the time.
Understandably, Brian’s death devastated Courtney. And her pain was even more acute since the pair had been looking forward to their future together so much. They had been trying for another baby. But after Brian’s passing Courtney’s dreams were ripped to shreds.
While talking about her sister’s tragic situation, Amanda said, “They had been trying [to have a baby] for four months. The morning of his accident, they had taken a pregnancy test together and it was negative.”
Two days after Brian’s passing his loved ones attended his wake. That morning Courtney decided to take another pregnancy test. And to her amazement it was positive. The news that she was expecting, however, was bittersweet. As Courtney told FOX6 in 2016, the wake gave her the opportunity to hold Brian’s hand and tell him that she was pregnant.
Needless to say, Courtney’s pregnancy came as a surprise. However, there were bigger shocks on the way. Incredibly, one month after discovering she was expecting, the mom found out that she wasn’t just carrying one baby. No, she was carrying three.
The fact that she was expecting triplets came as quite a shock to Courtney, to say the least. “I haven’t had a chance to think [about] what is really happening — and it’s happening fast,” she admitted. “I’m excited to have three more smiles that remind me of him.”
Now stay-at-home mom Courtney was facing the prospect of raising four small children alone. So, to help her sister with the costs of running the household, Amanda set up a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe.
The aim was to raise $50,000 towards the Hill children’s future. And it didn’t take long for generous donations to start pouring in. Unsurprisingly, the kindness of strangers left Courtney “at a loss for words.” She told ABC News, “It truly is a blessing. From mom-to-mom or vet-to-vet, the support is beyond appreciative.”
However, just when Courtney was starting to piece her future together again, disaster struck once more. At her 25 week scan, the expectant mom discovered that one of her triplets – a boy – had died in the womb.
Revealing the news on Facebook in 2016, Courtney wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that today, at my 25 week appointment, Brady no longer had a heartbeat. My heart is hurting, but Miles and Harper are both doing fantastic. Thank you for the continued love and support.”
So, once more Courtney found herself at her lowest ebb. However, also for the second time, she was inundated with love and kindness. Her social media update received over 1,000 reactions as well as a number of well-wishes.
Beneath the status, one commenter wrote, “I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort and continued health for you, Miles and Harper.” Another person added, “My heart is breaking for you. I hope you take some comfort that Brady will be safe in his Daddy’s arms. Much love to you.”
Somehow, Courtney found the strength to carry on once more. In September 2016 she welcomed a boy name Miles and a girl named Harper, and thankfully both babies were doing extremely well.
Although it will take the family some time to get over their trauma, as far as we know the Hill family are thriving. In October 2017 Courtney ran the Chicago Marathon for Team Golden Apple. The team hoped to raise as much money as possible for Golden Apple Scholars, who teach in Illinois’ needy schools.
And when Courtney wasn’t busy running marathons she taught her three children about Brian. “They will all know about their dad,” she vowed to ABC News. “From military, to family man… he was the true hero. He was an amazing man, always willing to help others. He was just an amazing father and husband. He was perfect.”