32-year-old Sarah Harkins and her unborn child died tragically Monday after complications from a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting, the Free Lance-Star reports.
Harkins was a mother of four, and was 21 weeks pregnant when she died. She was rushed to the hospital after being stung by a bee in her backyard. Her face swelled up immediately and she collapsed within minutes. Doctors later determined that the stress of the incident caused an aneurysm to burst in her brain.
Her family decided to take her off life support shortly after doctors realized she was brain dead. Her husband, Eric was first able to bring their four children in to say goodbye.
“I’m thankful to the medic for giving me and the kids that chance, bringing her back enough so we could say goodbye to her,” he said. “Her passing was so tough, because I love her so much. She’s a gift that was given from God, he knows that I needed her, and she was this amazing gift.”
Sarah, who’d met her husband while they were both undergrads at Franciscan University of Steubenville, was a devoted mother who homeschooled her children, and ran a small business making and selling rosaries from their home.
“It’s something that you never really prepare for. We’re doing our best to hold each other up,” Sarah’s brother Tom Schulzentenberg told NBC. “With Sarah gone, Eric is not equipped to do this by himself.”
The Daily Caller has learned that Eric is a Secret Service agent assigned to President Obama’s security detail — a time-intensive job that often separates agents from their families for long stretches of time. The agency did not immediately return a request for comment.
Eric’s co-workers at the Secret Service have reportedly been supportive throughout, having helped bring relatives to and from the hospital and covering the cost of their hotel rooms.
“Dedicated to the care and development of her children, Sarah devoted her life to designing unique educational programs, nurturing spiritual growth and even as far as making her own homemade toothpaste,” it reads. “As a co-leader in the home schooling co-op and firm believer in this particular method, Sarah single handedly managed the family routine for Liam (7), Analee (5), Jude (3) and Mary Faustina (1) who was born with Down Syndrome.
“Sarah’s absence leaves a massive gap in the lives of these children.”
Sarah would’ve turned 33 this Saturday.