Morgan & Marquise Goodwin Suffer Tragic Loss of Their Baby Boy
On Nov. 12, an outside observer wouldn't have known that San Francisco 49er Marquise Goodwin had just lost his son. The NFL wide receiver caught a stunning 83-yard touchdown pass and then sank to his knees in the end zone. But this was no celebration. Although Goodwin's team wound up winning the game against the New York Giants, his wife had just delivered their stillborn baby boy hours earlier.
“We cried. It was a hard thing to take in,” Morgan Goodwin — Marquise's wife — told People in an emotional interview. “This hurts because I was 19 weeks, I was almost halfway there.”
The Goodwins — college sweethearts — had named the baby boy Marquise Jr. He was delivered stillborn due to pregnancy complications at 3:52 a.m. Sunday. Morgan and Marquise each chose to announce the birth and death of their child on Instagram with photos of Marquise Jr.'s tiny hand.
Marquise Sr. captioned his post, "I just wanna thank those who’ve genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family."
Morgan's post read, "This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, Struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us. Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor. Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first 'W' of the season. He had a wonderful game today. I? appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up... I just ask that you let us mourn in peace and ask that you not try and call/blow our phone up."
Morgan told People that she endured a miscarriage in 2013 and the couple has been trying fertility treatments for some time. “I was looking forward to having someone to call our own — our own creation,” she said. “I feel I was placed in this world to be a mother, and I want to be a mother. I want to be a mother to four kids, five. I want a lot of children, so this hurts.”
Marquise and Morgan held their baby boy as long they could. “I felt joy in holding my baby even though it was a sad moment,” Morgan said. “I was so amazed. His eyes were still shut at this point, but the hands, the feet. He looked exactly like his daddy.”
Marquise at first refused to play in the Giants game. But Morgan encouraged him to go. “I said, ‘Baby, just go out there and do your thing,'" she recalled. "'I’ll be okay.'" And he stunned both of them — and 49ers fans, most of whom knew nothing about the pregnancy or miscarriage — with his 83-yard touchdown.
“It was very, very emotional watching him out there,” Morgan said. “Seeing him score the touchdown and watching him get emotional after the game. I was crying. It was an amazing moment, but it was also a very sad moment.”
Marquise returned to his wife's side at the hospital immediately after the game ended, and the pair say they are determined to make their dream of a family come true. “We will try again,” Morgan said.
There are no words for a loss like this, but the Goodwins are handling it with truly amazing grace.