News

Couple injured in Boston bombing welcomes baby girl

Dec. 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM ET

Christian Williams and Caroline Reinsch, who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, welcomed daughter Marlowe on Dec. 18. Reinsch found out she was pregnant while in the hospital during the aftermath of the bombing.
Courtesy of Christian Williams
Christian Williams and Caroline Reinsch, who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, welcomed daughter Marlowe on Dec. 18. Reinsch found out she was pregnant while in the hospital during the aftermath of the bombing.

Caroline Reinsch and Christian Williams both suffered serious injuries and permanent scarring in the Boston Marathon bombing in April, but it’s what happened afterward that will always make them remember that day. 

While in the hospital during the aftermath of that horrific event, they learned that Reinsch, 39, was pregnant, and that they'd get to have the baby they'd been trying to conceive since 2012.

During her treatment for a damaged right thigh and quadriceps muscle at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Reinsch was given a pregnancy test, which came back as a "slight positive." Doctors advised her to take a follow-up pregnancy test at home, which revealed she had been pregnant for about one or two weeks at the time of the bombing.

New dad Christian Williams, with daughter Marlowe, says that learning he was becoming a father will always be how he remembers the Boston Marathon.
Courtesy of Christian Williams
New dad Christian Williams, with daughter Marlowe, says that learning he was becoming a father will always be how he remembers the Boston Marathon.

And eight months later, on Dec. 18, she gave birth to a baby girl the couple named Marlowe.

“Discovering that I was going to be a father is how I’ll always remember the marathon,’’ Williams told TODAY. “Few people are given a chance to see how lucky they are in life. Marlowe reminds us of that.”

Boston woman Caroline Reinsch suffered a puncture wound in her right thigh and extensive damage to her quadriceps muscle in the bombing at the Boston Marathon. She found out while in the hospital that she was pregnant.
Jeremy Pavia / AP
Boston woman Caroline Reinsch suffered a puncture wound in her right thigh and extensive damage to her quadriceps muscle in the bombing at the Boston Marathon. She found out while in the hospital that she was pregnant.

Williams, 42, has undergone multiple surgeries on his right hand and has another one scheduled in January. He also nearly lost his right leg because of injuries suffered in the blast. The couple, who ran in the Boston Marathon together in 2012, was at the finish line cheering on a friend this year when the bomb went off.

Baby Marlowe was born six days before her due date on Christmas Eve, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The couple gave her that name because of its "uniqueness and beauty."
Courtesy of Christian Williams
Baby Marlowe was born six days before her due date on Christmas Eve, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The couple gave her that name because of its "uniqueness and beauty."

As they continue to recover from their injuries, their main concern is that of any other parents of a newborn – getting some sleep.

“Caroline and I are happy, healthy, and like other new parents..,tired,’’ Williams told TODAY via email.

Marlowe was born six days before her due date and came into the world at six pounds, 14 ounces.

New mom Caroline Reinsch, who suffered injuries to her right thigh and quadriceps muscle in the blast, was given a pregnancy test before being discharged from the hospital and learned she was pregnant with a child the couple had been trying to conceive since 2012.
Courtesy of Christian Williams
New mom Caroline Reinsch, who suffered injuries to her right thigh and quadriceps muscle in the blast, was given a pregnancy test before being discharged from the hospital and learned she was pregnant with a child the couple had been trying to conceive since 2012.

“As for the name, I'd love to tell you that we based it on Christopher Marlowe's quote, ‘Who has ever loved that hasn't loved at first sight,’ but that would be a lie,’’ Williams joked. “Truthfully, it was just a name that we both really loved for its uniqueness and beauty as well as having a built-in nickname (Marley) that we thought was fun. We did, however, choose Eve as her middle name because her original due date was Christmas Eve, and it also happens to mean ‘life.’’’  

TOP