A South Carolina family has been suffering the loss of their mother to COVID-19.
Ashley Bennett, a Lexington resident, died from the deadly virus at the age of 36, days after giving birth to her 10th child, WIS reported.
“Her world circulated around her children,” Courtney Bucknam, Ashley’s sister, said. “She absolutely loved them.”
Bucknam explained how her sister was around 34 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of December. On January 1, the mother had an emergency delivery. Several days later, she lost her life to the coronavirus.
“The pneumonia hit her and it just came with a vengeance,” Bucknam said. “It was awful.”
Bucknam praised her sister and said how she loved being a mother to her ten children.
“She truly was put on this earth to be a mother,” Bucknam said.
The children’s ages range from two weeks to 18 years old. Bennett, along with her husband Darryl and all of her children, tested positive in December.
“It automatically went to bronchitis with Darryl and Ashley, and Ashley’s just progressed drastically,” Bucknam said.
Although Bennett tested positive, Bucknam said she didn’t have preexisting conditions. When her condition started to worsen, doctors did an emergency C-section. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl but unfortunately, wasn’t able to hold her.
“I think in the back of her head she was worried something was going to happen, and so she just wanted to make sure we looked after the kids and that we made sure they knew how much she loved them,” Bucknam said.
Before passing away, the mother-of-ten had a blood clot that led to a stroke. Eventually, she was intubated and underwent surgery. Bennett passed away on January 8.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Bennett homeschooled all of her children and volunteered with the Lexington County Fire department. She was the first female to complete the academy in 2010.
The family has created a GoFundMe page for Bennett’s children and her husband.