After Husband Dies in Car Crash, Grieving Mom Gets a Beautiful Surprise

An Illinois widow discovered she's pregnant with triplets just weeks after her husband was killed in a car crash.

In February, Brian Hill, a retired decorated Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, was killed in a trucking accident. On the day of his wake, his wife Courtney took a pregnancy test and learned she was expecting.

"I was able to hold his hand, and [tell him I was pregnant]," she told FOX6 News in Wisconsin.

Courtney, who said she and Brian had been trying to have another baby just before he died, soon experienced complications with her pregnancy that led her to believe she was losing the baby. At the hospital, nothing could have prepared the grieving wife for the news that she was actually pregnant with triplets.

Against all odds, Hill seems to be maintaining a surprisingly positive attitude. While she told a local CBS affiliate in Chicago that she hasn't "had a chance of downtime to sit alone and think what really is happening," she went on to say that she's "excited to have three more smiles that remind me of him."

It's fortunate she has the strength of four people, as well as a supportive family, to help her through this unimaginably difficult time.

"I just feel sorry Brian won't be able to see 'em," Hill's father says. "I guess maybe he will see 'em."

The triplets are due in October. Hill's sister set up a GoFundMe page, where you can make a donation to the family.

Gillian Nigro is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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