Wife who lost newborn daughter now saying goodbye to husband

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A woman still grieving the loss of her baby girl is now preparing to say goodbye to her husband.

Kelly and Jake Francis had only been dating for six months when Jake was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Fortunately, Jake was able to beat it with one round of chemo. The couple married and Jake was cancer-free.

“When you reach five years of not having cancer, you’re considered cured,” Kelly said.

But five years later Jake was diagnosed with a different form of testicular cancer, WXMI reported. They were told this cancer would ultimately take Jake’s life.

The couple decided to take a chance and try for the family they so badly wanted, and Kelly began pregnant with twins, a boy and girl.

“I was so overwhelmed and blessed, of course, and feeling so grateful that I had two children,” Kelly told WXMI. “But, I was scared because I knew someday I’d be raising them on my own.”



At 17 weeks pregnant, Kelly learned her daughter Avery had multicycstic dysplastic kidneys, which prevented her lungs from growing. Avery died shortly after birth.

While grieving the loss of their daughter, they rejoiced in the life of their son, Evan. With Jake’s cancer progressing, he was given six months to live in January.