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They Lost Their 2 Boys, Now Have Twin Sons

Eddings family in Charlotte pays tribute in middle names
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2017 8:22 AM CDT
Twins in Charlotte Have Special Middle Names
The Eddings family is growing again.   (GoFundMe)

A couple in Charlotte, North Carolina, welcomed twins on Monday with the names of Isaiah Dobbs Eddings and Amos Reed Eddings. It's those middle names that provide the clue about why the otherwise ordinary births are drawing national attention, reports WBTV. Back in 2015, Hadley and Gentry Eddings were returning home from a wedding when their vehicle was hit by a truck whose driver admitted to distracted driving. Their 2-year-old son, Dobbs, died in the crash, and Hadley, who was 37 weeks pregnant at the time, was forced to give birth to son Reed, who died after two days.

The tragedy itself drew headlines, but more so when the Eddingses publicly forgave the 28-year-old driver, per the Charlotte Observer. Matthew Deans pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed and was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison. Mom and the twins were all healthy after the births, and donors have raised more than $200,000 for the couple. Gentry Eddings is a campus pastor, and Hadley teaches 4-year-olds. Read more about their story here. (More twins stories.)

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