Matt Logeline’s meeting with Liz Goodman in high school marked the beginning of a true love story.
This love story was heartbreaking when Lisey died in childbirth, but her actions after Matt’s death were inspiring.
Matt and Liz went to different parts of the country and were inextricably linked until they went to college.
Even though they were far apart, their relationship continued. As soon as Matt received his master’s degree, he moved across the country to be with Liz in Los Angeles.
They traveled the world and proposed marriage to Matt Lisa in Nepal.
On August 13, 2005, they got married and were happy to find out that in two years they were expecting their first child!
However, they did not suspect that their life would be subjected to an unconscious test.
The parents-to-be decided to start a blog to inform their family and friends about Lisa’s pregnancy.
Liz’s pregnancy was difficult because she got sick in the morning and was eventually hospitalized. Matt didn’t know what to blog about in the near future.
Seven weeks before the birth, Liz was placed in a high-risk group due to false alarms, so doctors monitored her closely.
On March 24, 2008, Liz underwent emergency surgery and everything went back to normal. Baby Madeleine (Maddy) Logelin weighed only 3 pounds. She was 14 ounces at birth. Because she was born prematurely, the medical staff took her to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“Proud parents will continue to tell everyone about our beautiful baby,” Matt wrote on his pregnancy blog. “I look forward to more positive news tonight.”
But no one was prepared for the bombshell that would come next.
Liz didn’t get to hold their daughter but once ready was taken to the ward in a wheelchair.
Matt helped his wife walk around the room before they went to the ward. It was the moment they had been waiting for until disaster struck.
When she said, “I feel light-headed,” and slumped in his arms, Matt carefully and lovingly assisted his wife into the wheelchair. The nurses tried to reassure Matt by telling him that it was usual for women to swoon after giving delivery.
However Matt sensed something serious was wrong. Doctors and nurses raced around the room urgently. Matt was asked to leave the room which made him feel helpless.
“Suddenly this ‘code blue’ appears and people are running past me,” Matt said. In 2011, he explained. “Suddenly it occurred to me.” “He was supposed to die today in this hospital.” And she will never be able to keep her child.”
A few hours after the birth of the girl, doctors discovered that a blood clot had entered Lisa’s lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Liz died from a fatal embolism. Matt, now a father, now a widow.
Matt was heartbroken and the next blog update was sad.
“Five weeks ago… everything was fine,” she complained on her blog to Liz. “That day my world was destroyed around me.”
Matt’s world is turned upside down and he has to raise Maddie alone.
Madeleine was Matt’s only source of hope and comfort. “Finally, the first time I brought Madeleine home, I felt the house rise again.”
For the first few weeks, Matt couldn’t take off his wedding ring, wondering how he could survive without Liz.
He constantly reminded her, but when the guests asked about the baby’s mother, Matt replied: “She died the day after the baby was born.”
Matt turned the blog into a blog for parents so as not to be sad and ask other parents for help. “I have fond memories of Lisa and I can tell her everything that happened.” But Maddie wasn’t the only one affected.
“Sometimes I’m really happy and sometimes I’m really sad because I don’t know what to do.” “I’m trying to convey it through the blog,” he said. Shortly thereafter, the blog turned into something else with long-term implications for small families.
Matt didn’t know what the blog was about, but as Madeleine grew up, she wanted to turn it into a virtual notebook. He renamed his book Matt, Liz, Madeleine: 27 Hours of Life and Death.
However, this forum will not benefit her or Maddie anytime soon; It will also be a popular phenomenon on the Internet.
Matt was getting advice on anything Maddy-related, from dealing with diaper rash to how to use nasal aspirators. He’d also established a forum for other parents in similar situations to connect.
Furthermore, the forum was receiving tens of thousands of page views every day and 1 million to 1.5 million monthly visitors.
The blog became a source of comfort for Matt as it was therapeutic with information from other parents. Matt began to receive gifts from people who were moved by his story.
“I never expected people caring as much about us as they do,” he remarked. Liz was a ruler so Matt decided to set up The Liz Logelin Foundation, which held fundraising activities in her honor, such as 5-K walks and runs.
“Matt asked if it was OK if he handed away all the money that had been raised for him and Madeline to the widows and widowers he had met through his blog,” Rachel Engebretson, co-executive director of the charity, recounted. “They didn’t have the same support system, so he wanted to assist them.”
Matt wanted the blog to be “a love letter to Madeline and Liz in many respects,” he remarked.
“Of course, Liz will never read it, but I want Madeline to know that her father didn’t immediately curl up in a ball and begin binge drinking. I want her to know I was out there doing everything I could for her and trying to make her as happy as I could.”
One day Matt was driving when four digits suddenly flashed into his thoughts that were Liz’s bank account PIN numbers, with everything that had happened he forgot about the account.
Matt arranged a huge birthday party for Madeline which was also Liz’s one-year anniversary.
In 2009 Matt visited India with Maddy for two months where he wrote a memoir called Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love. The book quickly became a New York Times best-seller.
Matt was once interviewed about his life as a single father but he doesn’t think he’s doing anything different than other parents.
Love was on the cards for him again as he began dating Brooke Gulliksen, one of the Foundation’s volunteers. While the pair had hoped to keep their connection under wraps at first, information quickly spread.
“But even in my darkest… periods there has been happiness, and with Brooke now in our lives, there is even more happiness,” he said, emphasizing that he hadn’t replaced Liz.
Not everyone, though, was as delighted. While the majority of Matt’s blog readers were supportive, others were harsher, accusing him of “sweeping Liz under the rug.”
Matt’s relationship with Brooke didn’t work out, so he spent some time alone and focus on Maddy and himself until speculation about him and Lizzie Molyneux, the writer for the animated series Bob’s Burger, began to circulate.
They wanted to remain anonymous in order to prevent rumors about their relationship from spreading. Inquisitive fans, on the other hand, did some digging and discovered something spectacular.
On Matt and Lizzy’s wedding website, fans learned that they secretly got married in February 2018 in Palm Springs, California. .
On March 24, 2018, Maddie Logeline celebrated her 10th birthday, as well as her mother’s 10th.
Maddie’s curiosity grew over time.
“Dad, did you hold my mom’s hand when she died?” he asked innocently one day. He often asks his father what he did with his late mother, but Matt was out of breath at one of the questions.
Matt tried to explain everything to his young daughter, but said: “What I said will never change what happened that day.” As Matt thought about his conversation, Maddie said she knew exactly what she was going to hear and said, “Dad, I love you.” “I love you too, Maddie,” he replied.