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Published August 10, 2012, 05:31 PM

Community shows support for one man's loss and miracle of life

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A heart breaking story out of Fergus Falls about one man's loss, the miracle of life, and a community that has wrapped its arms around baby Jace.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A heart breaking story out of Fergus Falls about one man's loss, the miracle of life, and a community that has wrapped its arms around baby Jace.

This Sunday in the Minnesota town of Herman, family and friends will host a benefit for 2-month old Jace Jo Pederson. He was born by emergency C-Section, shortly after his mother collapsed and died from an aneurism.

This picture, taken this week, tells a little of the remarkable, beautiful bond of a father and son. Trent Pederson with his son Jace who is still hospitalized. Missing is the wife and mother who was tragically taken from them in June. She was 8-months pregnant with Jace.

Jamie Bertram/Tami's Sister: "helping out everyone, always happy bubbly."

Tami's sister Jamie says her Tami was so excited about the upcoming birth of Jace. After two years of marriage, a baby room was ready.

"First baby,yep first baby."

But then, with just a month to go, tragedy.

Tami's husband found her collapsed on the bathroom floor, just hours after a perfect check up at the doctor.

On the way to the hospital in Fergus Falls, Tami stopped breathing paramedics incubated her and she was airlifted to Sanford in Fargo where a scan revealed the terrible news. A fatal aneursim with the baby's heart rate quickly dropping, doctors delivered baby Jace.

With Tami on life support...Jace was delivered. Not breathing, the medical team performed CPR on him. This is the one photo of Tami and baby Jace, shortly before a donor team transplanted her organs.

That is who she was, always giving her last thing is she gave her son life and saved the lives of two people

And so that is why west central Minnesota is throwing a benefit for Jace this Sunday. Because of the complications during delivery, and suspected brain damage, medical support could be lifelong.

Scott Libbesmeier/Benefit Organizer: "Trent is a single dad now just that financial burden is a lot."

Jace is so loved and precious and bubble wrapped and spoiled rotten, because he is a symbol. A miracle.

Jace could be leaving the hospital for home in a few days. A fighter, whose family says, still has his mother protecting him.

That breakfast benefit will be held Sunday morning from nine to one at the Herman Fair Grounds. Donations are also being accepted at the bank in Herman and Gate City in Fergus Falls.

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