EXCLUSIVE: Ouachita Parish family triumphs over tragedy

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Jake LaPietra and Reinie Freeman never thought they’d see the day they had a baby.

“We always worried that if we decided to have kids if it would be possible, but everything happens for a reason I guess,” LaPietra said.

Those worries are now to the side, as the couple celebrates their little boy and their chance at life filled with joy. 

It’s joy that might not have been possible, after a crash nearly killed Freeman.

“She was on her way home from work, ran off the road and flipped her car a few times,” LaPietra said.

Years later, these injuries are still difficult to talk about.

“They took half of her skull off because of the swelling and it caused the stroke,” LaPietra added.

Then Freeman had to go through months of therapy, living with a disability that may have stopped many in their tracks.

“We were so worried, you know, her not being able to have a kid and her not being able to take care of the kid, but she’s kicking butt,” LaPietra said.

The couple then faced another setback. 

Months after this accident, their home was destroyed after a tree fell on it during a storm.

“For a while we was like what else is gonna happen, what else is gonna happen. We’re just living life now,” LaPietra said.

But now the couple faces light, and happiness they never thought they’d know.

“We’ve gotten through it and now we’re as close as we’ve ever been… If we can make it through that we can make it through anything,” LaPietra added. 

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