Suddenly, lifelong plans can merely go down the drain. That’s what occurred to 38-year-old Fernanda Gomes: the Cosmopolis native was residing with her husband, Rodrigo Veronesi, their 1-year-old daughter and 6 months pregnant with one other lady, when a visitors accident modified the household’s life.
It was on February 21, 2014, when Rodrigo left dwelling to fulfill his buddies. It was his final day at work after an intense month – quickly he could be on trip. On at the present time, Fernanda additionally requested her husband to remain. “I requested him to ask his buddies to our home as a substitute, however he needed to go. I requested if it was going to be lengthy, he mentioned: ‘I will not be lengthy, however I will not be again quickly’.
After returning dwelling, Rodrigo is concerned in an accident. According to reviews, he, who was driving a Fusion and was not sporting a seat belt, crashed into the again of a rubbish truck on the freeway. It was realized that the car was dashing and Rodrigo died on the spot.
“Time handed, till it was previous midnight and I referred to as him. When I referred to as, a voice answered. I believed it was certainly one of my buddies and requested to talk to Rodrigo, however the one that answered requested What am I about? He mentioned I used to be his spouse and they mentioned he was from the rescue, that he had an accident and was taken to the hospital. My leg instantly went comfortable”, remembers Fernanda.
Rodrigo’s best friend Mathews Peretti was additionally returning dwelling that day and coincidentally handed by the identical freeway. They weren’t collectively earlier than the accident, however seeing the identical motion and automotive as his friend, he determined to cease. When he requested the sufferer’s identify, he instantly knew it was Rodrigo.
“He went to the home of certainly one of Rodrigo’s relations and instructed him that he had met with an accident. I did not know the right way to inform her that I used to be pregnant, however I had already referred to as her cell. I did not know he had handed away,” the woman mentioned.
The grief was devastating for the complete household and buddies. Especially for Fernanda. In addition to shedding her husband, she needed to return to her mom’s home, as she didn’t drive and this could make it tough to take care of her young daughter and baby, who was but to be born. Mathias was a key participant in the restructuring of the household.
“When I wanted one thing, everybody talked to Matthews, as a result of he was actually good buddies with Rodrigo and was keen to assist. I closed myself off quite a bit, talked to some individuals and then I approached him, it was very quick. I noticed I used to be feeling one thing for her, and I spoke up. He mentioned he’s too”, mentioned Fernanda. “But it was a mixture of emotions… I saved considering I used to be the best friend, which was a bizarre factor, however on the similar time I believed Rodrigo would by no means come again, so Mathias needed to be very affected person with me. , as a result of they There had been so many highs and lows”.
At first, even the households had been shocked, however they had been all very shut and supportive. Months later, the 2 started a relationship and moved in collectively. Matthews embraced the function of father to 2 women and years later had Gabrielle, who’s now 5 years previous.
“We went by grief collectively, and he was all the time so understanding. What I discover so stunning is that, from the start, he assumed that he was the daddy of the ladies, as a result of he introduced up, educated, with a really open coronary heart. That’s the daddy reference for him, so I actually see God’s hand in this story. I inform Matthias, every part was written and we did not even understand it.
Both make it some extent to maintain Rodrigo’s reminiscence alive, particularly for the ladies. They all the time watch movies, bear in mind tales and present images. Although they’ve by no means been to the cemetery, Matthias himself insists on taking them to go to their father on the applicable time.
Today, the household continues to reside in Cosmopolis with their youngsters: in addition to Gabriel, 5, Eduarda, 9 years previous, and Livia, 8 years previous. Fernanda is an educational, however has not studied enterprise since changing into a mom. During the pandemic, he found a ardour: creating felt items. Mathias is a businessman in the occasion sector in the town.