James Green always wanted to be a dad to a large brood. So when he and Cloe discovered they were expecting their first child, he could not have been more excited.
And after the birth of their second child, the couple from Great Britain knew they wanted a big family.
They just didn’t realize at the time how big it would actually get.
Each time Cloe started to think another baby was out of the question, James would wink at her, smile, and say, “Just one more, Clo.”
James was born to be a father. While Cloe was a full-time mother, James worked his job remotely so he could be there for his children while providing for them.
He brought the kids to school, worked at a coffee shop, picked the kids up from school, and spent the evenings playing with them until bedtime. He was active, energetic, loving and seemingly healthy.
When their fifth child was born with cerebral palsy, James and Cloe decided to stop adding to their family. Cloe went to the doctor and was fitted with a contraceptive implant.
But lo and behold, the device failed. Cloe got pregnant unexpectedly, and James said it was meant to be.
Cloe and James went on to have a total of eight children, after which they agreed that their family was finally complete. On December 4, 2015 — just 12 weeks after welcoming their last baby — life changed in an instant.
Cloe woke up in bed and realized James wasn’t breathing…
CORRECTION: February 23, 2018
An earlier version of this story said Cloe was born with cerebral palsy. It was Cloe’s daughter, Miley.