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The Doctors are joined by James, who endured the unthinkable -- he witnessed his pregnant wife get struck by a drunk driver and lose her life. He shares his tragic story and discusses his struggle to parent in the midst of mourning.
"Everything was taken away from me," James tells The Doctors. He shares that after 2 years of trying his wife Yesenia got pregnant and they were excited to start a family. In August 2020, while on an evening walk just 1 one month away from her due date, James' wife was hit by a drunk driver. He says the car lost control, hopped the curb, and came straight towards them "all so fast." He remembers closing his eyes and he held on to Yesenia's hand as the car struck them. When he realized he was no longer holding his wife's hand, he feared the worst.
"I felt so helpless and blamed myself for a long time," he shares. James lost his wife, but doctors were able to perform an emergency C-section and save their daughter. "I thought the moment I lost my life, I lost my purpose for living, but when I saw my daughter, It made me realize I have a new purpose in life."
James tells The Doctors his daughter Adalyn has helped him survive this unthinkable tragedy. "How she looks at me, the love she has for me, it's exactly the same look that my wife would give me. When I see my daughter smiling at me, I feel like I have my wife again," he says. "My daughter Adalyn has given me the strength to carry on."
Grief therapist Gina Moffa explains traumatic grief can put someone in a state of shock and take over their life. James says he does not feel he's been able to really grieve and show his true emotions due to his parental responsibilities. He tells The Doctors he experiences sadness, depression, and anger, but tries to shield his daughter from all of those emotions.
The grief therapist notes, "Grief will come whether or not we are making time for it," explaining it is a natural response and involuntary. She encourages James -- and anyone dealing with traumatic grief -- to allow himself to experience his feelings, to make sure he knows his limitations, and to practice self-care when possible, all of which will help him heal and cope with this unimaginable loss.
Find out how James and his daughter recently honored his late wife a year after losing her, which he says was bittersweet and emotional, but also helped him feel as though she was with him.
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