NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:02 AM
A Kansas mom of five who had just given birth to triplets died minutes after she arrived home from the hospital.
Casi Rott, 36, was briefly reunited with her two older daughters at the family’s rural farm — which she hadn’t seen in months because she stayed with family closer to the hospital toward the end of her high-risk pregnancy — on Feb. 8.
“That day was the happiest I’d ever seen her,” her husband, Joey, told the Kansas City Star of the reunion.
But just after she walked through the door, she started having severe chest pains, brought on by a blood clot. She died as her husband frantically drove her back to the hospital.
Family, friends, neighbors and perfect strangers have rallied around Joey Rott and his five kids, 7-year-old Chloe, 2-year-old Tenley and newborn triplets Levi, Asher and Piper. An online fundraiser for the Rott family quickly surpassed its $ 10,000 goal, clocking in at nearly $ 85,000 Tuesday morning.
Casi Rott moved to in with her brother-in-law’s family in Wichita in November for the third trimester of her pregnancy. But being so close to her doctors meant being nearly 130 miles away from her daughters, husband and family home in Clay Center.
“She hated being away from them, but she didn’t want anything to go wrong,” friend Jamie Reed told the newspaper. “She said this pregnancy was the hardest thing she’d ever done. But that’s all she said — she never complained.”
She gave birth to premature but healthy triplets on Jan. 29.
A few days later, while recovering from her C-section in the hospital, Casi Rott developed a blood clot in her lungs. It was treated with medication, and she was released on Feb. 8. While the triplets had to stay in the hospital, she was eager to get home and see her two older daughters, Joey Rott said.
“I’m glad she got to see the girls that day,” Reed said. “And she got to see her house and her orchard and her chickens. She loved that place.”
The triplets were released from the hospital later, and Joey Rott, still mourning the death of his beloved wife, has relied on help from his family and neighbors as he juggles taking care of the kids and holding down his job in IT.
The 33-year-old dad said he plans to raise his family in the sprawling farm his wife loved so much. And one day, he’ll tell the triplets about their mother.
“I’ll tell them what she did for them,” he said. “I’ll tell them that she got to hold them and that she wishes she were here.”