Community rallies after tragedy strikes Tulare family

Visalia Times-Delta | Zachary Newcott
Ana Calderon passed away shortly after giving birth to her son Michael. Donations are being requested to help her family.  (Photo: Submitted)

It was supposed to be a time of celebration. A time of picking out baby clothes, little shoes, and children’s books. It wasn’t supposed to also be a time of mourning.

Ana Pena Calderon has much to celebrate. At the age of 38 she and her husband Jiame had already been blessed with five children, Tito (22), Marissa (20), Robert (11), and Manuel (14 months) , and unexpectedly learned that a sixth little bundle of joy was on the way.

On October 14, 2015, her son Matthew entered the world at Tulare Regional Medical Center, but one fateful day later the Calderon family would face a tragedy that would change their household forever.

“I had her two youngest boys with me in the morning and when I took the boys over to see her she was in excellent health,” Jamie Valencia, Ana’s best friend, said. “She was more than in perfect health. She was over the moon.” Continue reading

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