There are many fears people have in life. Death, drowning, plane crash, etc. When a new member of your family is coming, your fears heighten. While pregnant, everyone is concerned about the baby and how to best protect it from harm until it arrives in the world. Even after the baby is born, the family will care for it.
Sometimes bad things happen in life. We generally accept that as humans. But other times, our world is completely and utterly destroyed by one single event. Zach and Krystal Kincaid were happily married. They were expecting a child in the upcoming months. While Zach was on a business trip in San Jose, his wife decided to come home early to pack the school lunches for their four children. Her back was hurting as well, just another reason why she wanted to get home and ease her pain.
Krystal was driving back home while she was talking to her husband. Nothing unusual, just a regular conversation. That is until the unimaginable happened. A drunk driver crashed into Krystal’s car. Zach was still on the line with her when it was taking place.
He heard her scream, then the crash, then silence.
Unknown voices were heard as civilians and firefighters made it to the scene of the accident. Zach yelled through his phone trying to get any updates about his wife. He was informed that they would be flying her to a hospital and she had a pulse.
Zach took the earliest flight out the next day but did not get there until 12 hours after the accident. The doctors had to update him via phone.
The doctors performed an emergency c-section on Krystil. The baby came out without a pulse. The doctors did everything in their power to revive her. They hadn’t gotten to her in time. The little girl was pronounced dead.
Krystil’s condition worsened as time progressed. She was suffering from internal bleeding. The doctors thought she might bleed to death.
Zach finally made it to the hospital at 9 a.m. He saw them run tests on her. He screamed for her to wake up and to come back.
Unfortunately, Krystil was pronounced dead as well.
Krystil signed up to be an organ donor when she was 17 years old. The organ donor center came after she was declared dead. Zach couldn’t believe what was going on. He fought the hospital for days trying to find ways to bring her back. If it was oxygen deprivation or swelling of the brain, surely they could do something. He phoned doctors from around the world and was willing to pay anything to keep her alive.
It wasn’t until he found out she had suffered an internal decapitation that he gave up. The hospital didn’t want to tell Zach about it because they thought he would react poorly and that it was too soon. On the contrary, he finally agreed to let her organs be used for donation.
Five lives were saved due to her donation and someone can now see. The baby couldn’t give any of its organs away.
One of the hardest parts to all of this was telling his children. They thought they would greet their new baby sister, instead, they lost two family members. The eldest son had been hopeful, the middle children rebelled, and the youngest thought Krystil would come back as a zombie.
The family will be seeking counselors to help them through their grief.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the driver turned out to be an arrogant jerk. While he was driving under the influence and over 80 miles per hour, he decided to record the whole thing. In the background, you can even see Krystil’s car on fire.
Mack Forestal posted the video on social media for everyone to see. Zach believed he should be charged with second-degree murder for both his wife and his child. The California courts argued the baby was born and alive for 45 minutes, therefore, he can’t be charged. As for Krystil, there is no proven intent for him wanting to kill her. Zach argues him driving recklessly while being under the influence should be enough to prove intent. Mack knew he would get drunk at the party yet drove himself home anyway.
Mack is currently free and out on bail despite the horrendous act he committed. Zach is upset that California law does not see his child as a person. The baby was born and could have lived a life.
Instead of lashing out, Zach is seeking to do something about these unjust laws. He knows that Krystil would want him to be happy and continue living. He wants to honor her and Ava, their late daughter, as best as he possibly can.
Zach always thought he would die before Krystil and the kids. Ever since he was 16, he has had a heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. At any moment of his life, his heart can just die out of nowhere. There was no cure or treatment that can prevent this from happening. That’s what he thought. He found a treatment that could possibly help reverse the effects. Unfortunately, it was not covered by his insurance.
Zach and Krystil had been saving up money in order to obtain the treatment. Zach had been preparing Krystil and the kids for the worst case scenario if the treatment didn’t work.
The funeral he thought he never would have to see came true. He held Ava for the first time at the funeral.
Zach warns anyone who is considering drinking and driving not to. The risks are too high and lives can be lost. He hopes people can take away this from his story.
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