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Family celebrating mom's life despite her sudden death

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It's almost impossible to imagine, in this day and age, that a young, healthy woman has died after giving birth to her child.

And as tragic as this story sounds, Kristina Adkins' family is still celebrating her life, and the life of her fifth baby girl.

They were high school sweethearts and college best friends. It seemed inevitable that Jeremy and Kristina would marry ... and they did.

Not only did the young couple say "I do," but they also started a family. First there was Kenzie, then Alexis, a few years later Savannah came along, and then Sophia.

"Kristina put 110 percent into her daughters. She gave and gave," said Jeremy Adkins.

So imagine their thrill when they were told another girl was on the way. Kristina Adkins' pregnancy was normal and problem free until she gave birth on Feb. 26.

The baby girl was fine, but Kristina Adkins lost a lot of blood, suffered at least one stroke and then slipped into a coma.

A heart-wrenching photograph shows the baby girl lying on her mother's chest close to her heart in the hospital.

Nine days later, on March 7, Kristina Adkins died.

"It's been up and down," said Jeremy Adkins. "I'd describe it as a roller coaster."

Jeremy Adkins works for HCA and the family had been living in Florida for the past few months. Now the girls, and new baby girl Kristina Eaven, are home.

It has been difficult juggling the blessings of a new baby and the loss of someone as beautiful and kind as her mother.

"I tell the girls 'Mommy will always be in your heart and always watching over you and she'll never leave you,'" said Jeremy Adkins. "We're encouraged we'll be together again with her someday."

In the meantime, there's lots to tell baby Kristina about her mom, Kristina Adkins. For instance, the 35-year-old nurse also came from a family of all girls. Jeremy Adkins' granddad had all girls too.

If girls are indeed sugar and spice and everything nice, then Jeremy Adkins believes with faith, hope, family and love that this tragedy will turn out to be a billboard of God's amazing grace.

"You can either choose to run to God or run away," said Jeremy Adkins.

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