When Nathan and Megan Johnson found out they were expecting their first child together, they were over the moon. Megan immediately began to get things ready for little Eilee Kate’s arrival, and Nathan, a contemporary Christian music artist, was happy to support her all the way.
“She was so excited to meet that baby, and she had her name picked out and talked all about that,” said fellow Christian music artist and friend Francesca Battistelli.
Eilee’s due date was July 5, but when they went to the hospital on Monday for a check-up, doctors decided she should be induced. Everything went smoothly and Eilee was born at 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
“They were just so happy,” said friend Josh Wilson, whose band Nathan plays in. “Eilee is so beautiful. Nate said they were just so happy and sat together talking and looking at Eilee for hours and hours. Everything was normal. All their family went home to rest.”
Megan held little Eilee and fed her and Nathan excitedly sent pictures of his daughter to friends and family. They were already envisioning the bright future ahead for their little family.
But then, between 9 and 10 in the morning, tragedy struck. Megan began having complications and, though doctors rushed to help her, there was nothing they could do. She passed away within the hour. Eilee was only 8 hours old.
Nathan, of course, is heartbroken.
“Meg was his everything,” Josh said. “He doted on her in a way like I’ve never seen a husband do.”