A WA father grieving his soulmate who died just days after giving birth to their baby boy says he will spend the rest of his life honouring her legacy.
Krystal Pitt was rushed to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital when blood clots in her lungs sent her into cardiac arrest — all during a quick visit to a Perth post office.
Her partner Brayden Yates performed CPR until an ambulance arrived and doctors placed Pitt, who had a pre-existing blood condition, in an induced coma.
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Family and loved ones were hopeful Pitt would pull through but, despite the best efforts of doctors, she died in hospital.
The 24-year-old and her adoring partner had visited their son, who was born four weeks premature, in Perth Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit in the hours before her collapse.
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It was then, in a “special moment”, they decided to name their boy Toby.
They also spoke at length about how they would guide him through any future challenges after it was confirmed he had Down syndrome.
Work had kept the couple — who also have a 14-month-old daughter, Aurora — apart, with Yates working in Perth as a metal fabricator building boats.
But they were excited after finally cracking the WA capital’s tough rental market and moving into a home just days before their son’s surprise early arrival.
“To have the family under one roof was something we really looked forward to,” Yates told 7NEWS.com.au.
“Krystal had been applying for rentals for eight months. It was something she had worked really hard to provide for us.”
Krystal, Brayden and their daughter Aurora. Credit: GoFundMePitt died just days after giving birth to son, Toby. Credit: Supplied
The couple met six years ago while working at a cafe in York, about 100km east of Perth.
Yates had been a kitchenhand and Pitt a barista.
Those close to them say they quickly developed the “love we all dream of”.
Yates knew there was a spark early but said they were best mates first.
“After a few months I thought, ‘I think I love this girl’. We were inseparable after that,” he said.
Pitt and Yates met six years ago while working at a cafe in York. Credit: SuppliedThe couple have two children. Credit: Supplied
Pitt moved on from the cafe to become a beloved childcare worker, leaving a lasting legacy with parents and the children she cared for.
“Krystal’s shock passing soon after giving birth to her second child is the saddest news I personally have received in a long time,” one mum wrote.
“She was such a warm, friendly and nurturing soul. She was definitely one of (my child’s) favourite carers, and we are fairly certain that she had a soft spot for him too.
“Kyrstal is one of those women who was just born to be a mother. I feel devastated that she won’t get to live out what I have no doubt was her ultimate dream.”
Pitt was a cherished childcare worker. Credit: SuppliedOne mum described Pitt as ‘one of those women who was just born to be a mother’. Credit: Supplied
Yates said he wants to honour Pitt’s memory by continuing the path she laid and by being the best parent he can be.
“We had spoken before she fell sick about losing loved ones and wanting to make the most of everything — live life to the fullest,” he said.
“I want to put out that encouraging message to cherish life and help others.”
Yates said he would always tell his children just how much their mum loved them both, and has plenty of photos and videos to show them.
“The kids will have videos to hear her voice. We have plenty of memories to look back on,” he said.
Yates said he would always tell his children just how much their mum loved them both. Credit: Supplied
Their “little man” Toby is going from strength to strength and it was hoped he would be well enough to attend Pitt’s funeral in Perth on Thursday.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to assist the family while they find their feet.
“I would just like to express my gratitude to everyone for their ongoing support throughout this difficult time,” Yates said.
“We feel your love and I’m sure you all know that Krystal would be extremely grateful.”
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