A Tragedy and a Miracle
In an instant, Chris and Lori Coble's life was turned upside down. Lori was driving their three children, Kyle, Emma and Katie, back from a trip to the mall when a big rig loaded with 40,000 pounds of cargo going 55 miles per hour slammed into the back of their minivan and demolished it. Lori survived, but tragically, the crash stole the lives of her and Chris' three children. Where they once had a boisterous, happy home, Chris and Lori now found deafening silence and loneliness.
Three months after the accident, the couple decided to try for more children. On their first attempt with in vitro fertilization, Lori became pregnant with triplets—two girls and a boy. Almost exactly a year after Kyle, Emma and Katie died, Lori gave birth to Ashley, Ellie and Jake! "They'll never replace Kyle, Emma and Katie," Lori told Oprah in 2010. "But the joy is back in the house. It's back in our hearts. They fill our lives again with love and happiness and laughter."