A FATHER shares the heartbreak of losing his fiancee suddenly just three weeks after giving birth to their fourth child.

Christie Bates, 28, died at her Boort home from a suspected blood clot.

Her fiancée Jamie Young, 33, has been left to raise their new baby, who has now been given her mother’s name in her honour, and siblings, Emma, 8, Mason, 6, and ­Kiarah, 15 months.

“She was the perfect mum. She did everything for her kids,” Mr Young told The Herald Sun. “We had been together 14 years and she was my ­soulmate, my best friend.
“I’m not real sure how I’m going to be able to live without her. “But I just have to try and be strong for the kids.”

He said his mother, Linda Young, had been a world of support as the community had also rallied around him.

jamie young

With Mr Young unable to return to work in the near ­future, family friend Geoff Smith has set up a GoFundMe page online that has already raised more than $18,000.

“I am reaching out to the goodness and generosity in people’s hearts to spare a few bucks or whatever you can ­afford,” Mr Smith said.

“Jamie has always been such a hardworking family man, but when something like this happens so suddenly, it all goes to turmoil.”

Mr Young had one message to other young families: “Family is everything. Spend as much time together as you can. Take as many photos as you can. You just don’t know when it’ll be your last.”

To help the Young family, visit gofundme.com/2kzh78s

We wish them all the strength and love to help this through this heartbreaking time.

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  • how sad, mate you are doing a great job stay strong for your kids your mrs would be proud of you. thank you to the public and people who can donate to this go fund me page what a great idea.


  • How awful !! Blood cloths are indeed so very scary.
    My mum had a blood cloth after my birth and was hospitalized for over half a year (with 1 leg in the grave as they say). Life is so precious, lets never forget that !
    Beautiful the community is stepping in for support to enable Mr Young to stay home with the kids.
    Blessings to this family as they grieve their beautiful mum and wife/soulmate/best friend !!


  • I also suffered blood clots, both arms, pelvis and massive clots in both lungs. Such a scary thing to happen!! Condolences to the family x


  • This is horrible. Life will be quite hard for this man and his kids. I hope he will have enough social support.


  • How tragic! How amazing though that this father has stopped working and is going to raise his children, he needs to stay strong for his children!


  • This was so nearly us. Just awful.


  • What a tragedy. Something out of the blue like a blood clot. I can only imagine the devastation this has caused her family. Good on dad for stepping up and not falling apart


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