They say life closes one door and opens another one at the same time, and it probably is that way sometimes, but some doors are closed more than once. Courtney Hill’s door closed when she lost her husband Brian Hill in a tragic truck accident in February 2016, but the day of his funeral was also bittersweet. She announced she was pregnant with triplets, but 25 weeks later, another door closed for her. Her story taken from The Hill Triplets Facebook page and Providr is amazingly brave.
Courtney Hill, 31, of Sherman, Texas, married retired Navy corpsman and Bronze Star recipient Brian Hill on July 14, 2012. Brian was a retired Navy Veteran and had even served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. The couple met during a snowstorm in Illinois in 2011 and had been in love ever since. Later, they had a daughter named Reagan, now a two-year-old. However, tragedy struck in February 2016 in Oklahoma when Brian died in a truck accident. The news was terrifying for the family.
Courtney’s first pregnancy test was negative, but she took another one after a few days, and it turned up positive.
When Courtney found out she was pregnant, she was shocked. At the funeral, she took a moment to tell him that she was pregnant.
After one month, Courtney began to experience unusual pain. She didn’t know what was happening and feared that it was possible she had had a miscarriage.
The doctors at the hospital shocked her. She was not only having a baby but she was expecting triplets!
“My jaw DROPPED. I’m excited to have three more smiles that remind me of him,” Courtney said about her reaction to the shocking news.
However, at her 25-week appointment, Courtney had another loss. Doctors revealed that one of her triplets had passed away.
Courtney had already picked out names for the triplets. She named the son she lost Brady.
“It caught me off guard,” Courtney said. She was feeling devastated and heartbroken.
“I wasn’t expecting to hear that news at the ultrasound. It reminded me of the loss of my husband, with his loss came blessings.”
“I lost Brady but I was given two newborn babies who are healthy. Most triplets have weeks in intensive care. Not in my case, everybody went home the next day. We have suffered, but we also have been blessed with little miracles.”
Luckily, the surviving triplets Harper and Miles were born on September 21. Courtney has a hard time explaining to strangers that they are not twins.
“People jump to the conclusion that they are twins. I call them surviving triplets. Many people get it, but others don’t.”
“I don’t expect people to know my story, that I had three heartbeats for 26 weeks, but it hurts when I hear ‘twins’ and I know in my heart that they are triplets.”
Courtney says that her daughter Reagan sometimes helps explain their story. “She’ll tell them, ‘My brother Brady is in Heaven with my daddy.’ Usually, that’s when other people get it. I don’t want Brady to go unrecognized.”
“He will always be my little boy. To call them surviving triplets makes me happy because I know he gets the credit he deserves.”
Although Courtney and her family had a heartbreaking year, Courtney still remains positive and honors the memory of her late husband.
“They will all know about their dad,” Courtney said. “From military, to family man…he was the true hero.”