Friday 21 July 2017

Couple who lost two sons in car crash welcome twin boys two years later

Gentry Eddings with his two sons. Image: WBTV's Molly Grantham/Facebook
Gentry Eddings with his two sons. Image: WBTV's Molly Grantham/Facebook
Image: gdobbsii/Instagram
Image: GoFundMe

Dave Maclean

A couple who lost their two young sons in a car crash two years ago are now the proud parents of twin boys.

Gentry and Hadley Eddings welcomed Isaiah Dobbs and Amos Reed into the world on Monday, and were given their middle names in honour of the older brothers they’ll never meet.

The couple were 28 years old when they lost their two-year-old son Dobbs in a car accident in North Carolina in May 2015.

Hadley, who was eight-months-pregnant at the time of the crash, had the baby delivered by emergency C-section, but he passed away two days later.

Image: gdobbsii/Instagram
Image: gdobbsii/Instagram

Truck driver Matthew Blair Deans, 28, was sent to prison for ramming into them while distracted. The couple say they have since forgiven him, saying: "We hope to be holding hands with you in heaven with our children."

He was released at the end of November after serving just over a year.

Their new pregnancy was announced on Facebook earlier this year, with the message: “Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!”

The couple says that their faith helped them through their tough two years.

Image: GoFundMe
Image: GoFundMe

Gentry is a worship leader at Forest Hills Church in Charlotte, while Hadley teaches pre-school at the church.

In 2015, the couple said: “God has our boys in a place of peace, so I am in a place of peace,'

"God has a plan. The situation is a frustrating one. We don't want to be here. We don't like it. This is not a fun situation. We're mad at the loss. But we know God is good and has a plan and we believe that.

"I hate that this happened. I don't like it at all. But I can trust God even when it's really hard. I just trust it. I have to, I have to."

A GoFundMe page set up by the couple’s friends after the accident has raised more than $200,000 over the past two years, but the couple want donations sent to Mission of Hope Haiti instead, where they have both served.

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