Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tragedy in Brampton - PLEASE read and help if you can!

Tragedy hits a Brampton multiples family:  The Twins Plus Association of Brampton is so sad saddened to hear the tragic news of a young father who will never get to meet his unborn twins.  His wife, Chiristine was 6 weeks pregnant with twins when he passed away from fatal injuries from a motorcycle accident last week.  His funeral will be held tomorrow, the day before she gets to hear the babies’ heartbeats for the first time.  Christine, a kindergarten teacher, says that they had very little savings and Anthon had no life insurance; she is now facing a future of raising these precious babies without the love of her life as a single mother.  The Burrows family has started a fund for the twins: www.supportburrowstwins.com  PLEASE click on the TAB at the top of this page and DONATE and help this family!

TPAB will be offering her a complimentary membership so that she has the support of the Multiples Community behind her and through Multiple Births Canada can also receive additional support and resources through a couple of the different Support Networks.  Later on closer to the due date, TPAB Community Outreach will be hosting a Drive of various items that the family will need for the babies after they are born and we hope to continue to help them out in any way that we can. 
The full story as featured in "The Toronto Sun" is below. 

BRAMPTON - Anthon Burrows will never hear the heartbeats of his twins.  His wife, Christine, will be burying him one day before the parents-to-be were scheduled to attend that first magical ultrasound.

Anthon was riding his motorcycle northbound on McLaughlin Rd. in Brampton just before 10 p.m. Monday when he collided with a car at Bovaird Dr. and suffered fatal injuries.  He was found a short distance from his bike, a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750, when emergency crews arrived. They rushed him to hospital in critical condition but there was nothing doctors could do to save him. Anthon was just 27 years old.

“This is supposed to be the happiest time of my life but this just feels like a nightmare,” Christine said Friday. “My babies are never going to meet their dad or see that twinkle in his eye that I love so much.”  The Burrows found out they were pregnant just three days before the fatal crash.  “These babies will be our first,” she said. “We’ve been doing fertility treatments for over a year and haven’t been successful and now our family has been ripped away just as it was getting started.”

Anthon and Christine had met in the Bahamas in 2006 while she was on vacation with her sister, Jane Angove.  “My sister and I went snorkeling and Anthon was our boat captain,” Christine recalled. “We all had the best day together. Later on we went out and he asked me if I believe in love-at-first-sight, and I thought ‘what a weird question,’ but we’ve been together ever since.”  The couple bought their first house together in 2008 and got married in 2009.

Anthon worked as a marine biologist and frequently had to travel back and forth to the Bahamas.“  This year was looking so hopeful for us,” Christine said. “Anthon had just started his own business here and he’d been putting everything into it. I’ve already had to call his new customers to tell them we can’t do it.”

Anthon has been riding since he was 15 years old and Christine said he was always on his bike.  “It was his life,” she said. “He was on it every day.”  And the couple would frequently go on rides together.  Anthon also inspired Jane to get her own bike and taught her how to ride.  “We were always inseparable,” Christine said. “We’d just take off on bikes and go on day-trips everywhere. It’s been our favourite pastime.”

Christine, who teaches kindergarten in Brampton, said the couple has very little savings and Anthon also had no life insurance.  “I’m very scared about how I’m going to raise these babies on my own,” she said. “It’s just so devastating. He’s the love of my life and now he’s gone.”

Police have said the collision is still under investigation, and could not say if charges will be laid.  The driver of the car was a 68-year-old woman who suffered minor injuries.  “There were a lot of witnesses on the scene and the major collision bureau is still interviewing them all,” said Constable Lilly Fitzpatrick, a media relation’s officer for Peel Regional Police.