A husband has issued a heartbreaking warning after his wife tragically died just days after giving birth.
Ariana Sutton, 36, gave birth to twins Everly and Rowan on May 31 but devastatingly, she died at her home nine days later.
Her husband, Tyler Sutton – a police officer from Massachusetts, US – has now issued a warning to others following the tragedy.
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In an interview with TODAY.com, Tyler says that he was ‘very nervous’ about Ariana becoming a mother again, as she had struggled with postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of their first daughter in 2018.
According to the NHS website, PPD is a form of depression that can take place for a parent after having a baby.
Tyler says that although they sought professional help for the late mother following her recent pregnancy, her mental health rapidly deteriorated.
The heartbroken dad told TODAY: “But being a mother was Ariana’s favourite thing in the world.
“And I thought if I stayed vigilant, everything would be OK the second time around.”
Ariana had been regularly seeing a psychologist leading up to the premature birth of their twins.
But tragically, just nine days after their arrival, Ariana took her own life.
Tyler describes the shock and disbelief, as there were no apparent signs of distress.
“We were both so excited to be having twins. I can’t even begin to describe how happy she was,” he said.
Tyler went on to say that there were ‘no signs’ that anything was wrong with Ariana and that it all happened ‘so rapidly and so suddenly’.
The sudden and rapid decline in Ariana’s mental health left Tyler feeling helpless and unable to reach her.
One particular incident occurred when the newborn twins were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Ariana expressed a desire to have them back in her belly, despite their healthy state and excellent medical care.
Tyler tried to reassure her, but she remained unreachable and disconnected from reality.
He now emphasises the importance of recognising the signs of PPD early on, as Ariana had experienced it following the birth of their first daughter.
He recalls her developing obsessive tendencies, especially concerning cleanliness and the household water supply.
Ariana would repeatedly contact the water department, even after being assured that everything was safe, unable to let go of her concerns.
Tyler took time off work to care for his wife, hoping it would provide her with an opportunity to relax and focus on self-care.
However, it had the opposite effect, intensifying her feelings of inadequacy and despair.
This heartbreaking story serves as a reminder of the significance of early detection and support for individuals experiencing postpartum depression.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up for the Sutton family and it aims to raise $400,000. At the time of writing, it’s received over $381,000.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.
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