CLIO (WJRT) - (09/13/17) - The joy of bringing twin babies into the world has given way to heartbreak for a mid-Michigan family. As Hurricane Irma was making her way to the Florida keys, a Clio man was trying to escape the path of the storm.
He was already dealing with the pain of losing his wife, just days after she gave birth to their two miracles.
"When they put those girls on my wife's chest and i saw tears roll off her eyes and the joy, that just, it was unbelievable." said new father Curt Fournier
Seven rounds of invitro, two painful miscarriages, and a failed adoption, Curt Fournier and his wife Vickie, waited more than 17 years to experience that incredible moment.
"Then on August 17th, our two beautiful girls were born and they've just been, for the short time that they were there, just the joys, there is nothing in the world that could have made us happier."
A life changing experience, but just 8 days later their entire world would change, yet again.
"On that Friday morning, she wasn't feeling well. She went into cardiac arrest. I called 911 and had to start performing CPR on my wife. No man should ever have to see a his wife’s life leaving her body." said Fournier
Vicki was rushed to the hospital from their home in Florida, where they were able to briefly revive her, but ultimately, couldn't save her.
"I just couldn't believe it, it was the worst nightmare anybody could even imagine." said Fournier
Now Curt is left with a wave of emotions, wondering what happened to his beloved wife.
"I don't even know what day is it right now, or how long it's been, it's still hard to wake up and not have her there, she was my best friend, she was everything to me." said Fournier
While trying to focus on raising the two beautiful twin daughters he and his vicki waited a lifetime for.
"She was the most unbelievable woman, so talented, she gave me unconditional love from the day we met and everyday that goes by I can see, it's even more than I ever thought, just what she left us. The last word she said to me before she went into cardiac arrest, was take care of our babies." said Fournier
At this point, they are waiting on autopsy and hope it will explain more. Vicki was just 46-years-old.
Many local businesses are collecting donations for Fournier and his twin baby girls.
Below is a list of places you can go to donate:
Arabelle a Capella Salon Clio, Peyton's Learning Place, Extreme Indoor Kart Racing, Joe's Garage, Lady Di Daycare, Ernie's Party Store, Vienna Twp Office, Simms Chevrolet, Twins Pizzeria, Erika Hall Farm Bureau Fenton, Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, Phillips RV Center in Mt Morris, Andrea's Place Salon in Clio and Sstudio 57 in Clio.