After Losing 2 Sons in a Car Crash, Couple Is Expecting Twins

'Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2017 4:40 AM CST
After Losing 2 Sons in a Car Crash, Couple Is Expecting Twins
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Gentry and Hadley Eddings endured the unimaginable in May 2015: On their way home from a wedding in North Carolina, a car wreck caused by a distracted driver killed their 2-year-old son Dobbs and forced a 37-weeks-pregnant Hadley to undergo an emergency C-section. That son, Reed, suffered severe head trauma and died at two days old. A year and a half later, the Eddings are planning to welcome two new babies into their lives. "Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful!" Hadley wrote on a Facebook page set up for their family. "Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" Faith is important to the Eddings—Gentry is a pastor, and had just officiated his sister's wedding before the crash—and despite the fact that the other driver may have taken heroin, the Eddings forgave him right away.

"From the day this happened, I’ve been very concerned about you," Hadley told him at the hearing where he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, per a 2016 Charlotte Observer article. "I want you to be rehabilitated. I want you to have a good life—I don’t want this to be the end for you." A year after their sons' deaths, the couple announced that donations to their family funded a grade school in Haiti that would bear the boys' names. Hadley told WRAL in 2015, "My arms are grieving. I want to hold someone. I want to run my hands through his hair and that has been really hard to get used to. There is no little person to take care of." Now, in a statement released through their church Monday, Hadley says, "We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers." (An unborn baby survived the car crash that killed his mother.)

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