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Bryan Homstad (from left) holds his 11-week-old son, Odin, while they sit with Hudson, 4, and Bryan’s wife, Bailey Homstad, at their Cloquet home. In May, Bailey was eight months’ pregnant when her husband fell ill and was rushed to St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth for emergency heart surgery. Bailey gave birth to Odin while they both were in the hospital. (Clint Austin /

A life threatened before a life began

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It was the calm before the storm.

Bailey Homstad and her husband, Bryan, were just days away from welcoming their second child.


Then they received an unexpected, terrifying twist.

“It was nerve-wracking. … There was a lot of praying and crying,” Bailey Homstad said. “I still replay that day in my head a lot.”

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