“There wasn’t one person who went into that ER, there were three.”
Jeremy Stodghill’s wife Lori, was seven months pregnant with his twin boys on New Year’s Day in 2006, when she started vomiting and couldn’t breathe.
Stodghill rushed her to St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo., where she went into cardiac arrest from a pulmonary embolism.
Lori, just 31 years old, died, and so did her unborn twins.
“I didn’t even get to hold them. I have an autopsy picture. That’s all I’ve got,” Stodghill said.
Stodghill filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital and its owners, Catholic Health Initiatives. He was stunned in court to hear the Catholic hospital’s defense — that his twins didn’t count as people.
While a glaring contradiction to Catholic Church teachings — which says life begins at conception – the hospital reasoned that, since they weren’t born, they weren’t people. Therefore, the twins could not qualify as victims in the wrongful death suit.
Catholic Health Initiatives said in a puzzling statement, “In this case, as a Catholic organization, we are in union with the moral teachings of the church.”
Stodghill lost his suit and is now struggling to care for his 9-year-old daughter Libby on his own.
Tears, the pain, the heartache, still seven years later.
That pain is why he won’t give up. He’s appealing the decision.
Stodghill wears a permanent reminder next to his heart, a tattoo, two sets of footprints and the words, “Our sons.”