After the mother of his son passed away on May 9, a man took to Facebook to describe the circumstances surrounding her death. In the time since they were originally posted, the posts have gone viral.
On May 10, Jean Luc Montou, a resident of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, took to social media to recount the previous day's events. As part of a post that does not currently appear on Montou's Facebook page, KPLC reports what he said:
Sarah Bertrand didn't make it. Baby Julian Charles Montou was born at 4:31 p.m. yesterday and this was at about 3:30 - 4 a.m. that day when she was first going into labor. Sarah was the absolute love of my life. She looked after Jane [Montou's daughter from a previous relationship, according to the Daily Mail] like she was her own and nothing else. She treated me better than I've ever been treated in my life by any other woman. She was an angel and the mother of my only son.
Montou also used the post to describe the specific circumstances of Bertrand's death:
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The doctors tell me that she had a pulmonary embolism from a blood clot that must have formed during labor. It just happened. She was fine all day and all night before. My last 24 hours with her was the happiest I'd ever been. I'm not sure why, but I've never been allowed to be past a certain point of happiness. I loved this woman like no other and she died in front of me while I held our son.
According to KPLC, as of May 13, the post had been shared over 25,000 times. In addition, 10,000 people had offered their condolences.
In the days following Bertrand's death, Montou would go on to make several more Facebook posts, which featured pictures of himself, Bertrand, Jane, and newborn Julian.
"Still doesn't even feel real. It just happened within moments and she was gone," said one post, which featured pictures of the family following Julian's birth. "I loved this woman so much and there was no warning. She was so happy to have little Julian. I miss her so much," the post, which received over 3,000 reactions and over 600 shares, concluded.
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In addition to the Facebook posts, Montou has also set up a GoFundMe page. The page was created on May 12, and as of May 16 has raised over $9,000. In addition, the page has been shared almost 2,000 times on Facebook.
According to the Johnson Funeral Home's Website, a service for Bertrand, who was 29 at the time she died, was set to be held on May 15. Following the burial, Montou posted an update to the GoFundMe page.
"I want to thank everyone so much... today we buried Sarah next to her father and we take solace in the fact that Sarah is finally at peace from her worldly ailments and frustrations," it reads. "It still stings deep, it still feels unfair, and I still feel so helpless without her. The world is definitely a dark place without Sarah for us.