Matt and Liz were expecting their first child. The happy couple was far from imagining the tragic continuation of their story. The day of the birth of his daughter will forever change the life of Matt Logelin.
Matt and Liz: A Story Worthy of a Movie
Matt and Liz met when they were just two young teenagers. The meeting at a gas station was the beginning of their great love story. From then on, Liz and Matt became inseparable. After the high school years, the couple made a different college choice.
This led them to continue their relationship, but at a distance. Yet nothing has changed about their love which was stronger than distance. After long years of distance, Matt joins his beloved in Los Angeles. Together, the two traveled all over the world. In Nepal, Matt proposes to his beloved Liz and the couple married in 2005.
The new life
The two lovebirds start a new life. They had the means to buy their own house. At that time, they had everything to fully enjoy life in happiness. Good news is knocking at their door. After two years of marriage, the couple was waiting for the fruit of their love. The great joy for the couple, they created a blog to share the evolution of the pregnancy in order to keep their loved ones informed of everything.
Unfortunately, Liz’s pregnancy was complicated, and even classified as a high-risk pregnancy. Matt took care of his wife more carefully, and at the same time continued to manage their blog. On March 24, 2008, Maddy (Madeline) was born. Liz had to have a caesarean section. The premature baby had to be sent to neonatal intensive care. Liz only got to see her little girl for a little while.
Matt announced the good news on his blog “Madeline is here! ». At the end, he adds that they can’t wait for even more good news. The young dad was far from knowing what was going to follow. Liz, can’t wait to hold her daughter in her arms, but she still has to rest another 24 hours. The moment they were finally going to see their baby together, the worst happened. Liz leaves the world forever.
Matt Logelin, father and widower
As Matt carefully helped his wife to see their daughter, Liz felt weak and collapsed in his arms. Even though the nurses had reassured him that this was common for women who had just given birth, Matt sensed something was wrong. At 30, Liz tragically left Matt as a widower after a rare pulmonary embolism.
It happened just 27 hours after the birth of their baby girl. “The mother was never going to be able to hold her baby in her arms”, evokes Matt full of pain. Besides, the baby would never know his mother, Maddy will only have the memories of those who knew her Liz. From a fulfilled new father to a grief-stricken widower. The dream job and the beautiful house would not make up for the loss of the woman Matt had loved dearly. For him, his world has collapsed.
Matt had to face the fact that he will have to raise, alone, his little Maddy. When they first meet, an indescribable bond is created between father and daughter. Madeline had an immediate effect on Matt. Previously, he was anxious and doubted the future. His daughter was the source of his courage to hold on. Maddy becomes her first occupation.
A reconstruction full of memory
While juggling taking care of his daughter and his feelings about the loss of his wife, Matt stumbles across the blog he started with his wife. The bereaved dad decided to maintain the blog by sharing his anxieties and sorrows. These readers did not just read.
Those who have gone through a similar situation began to give him valuable advice. Block readers “Matt, Liz and Madeline: Life and Death, All in 27 Hours” started sending gifts to support Matt.
“I never imagined people would care about us the way they do,” Matt said.
On top of that, some of his readers helped Matt start a charity in honor of his late wife. Liz Logelin Foundation was to help people who would have gone through the same sad story as him. All the profits collected by the activities of the foundation are directly donated there.
Matt and Maddy: a story adapted into a film
In 2009, Matt took his daughter to India to write “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.” The book became a New York Times bestseller. While in 2016 a rumor ran for a film adaptation, it was only realized in 2019. The film titled “Fatherhood”, “Un papa hors par” in French, was released in 2021.
Upon its release on Netflix, the story based on Matt’s memoir becomes the most viewed film on Netflix in its first week of streaming. In March 2018, Maddy turns 10. Matt fulfilled his role as a loving father full time. Despite any bad run from Liz’s loss, they managed to move on.