Early Tuesday morning, Christian guitarist, Nathan Johnson, was over the moon. His wife, Megan, had just given birth to their first child, Eilee Kate. But soon it became clear that Megan wouldn’t make it through the day. Eight hours later, she passed away from childbirth complications, although doctors are unclear what exactly caused Megan’s death, reports the Tennessean. However, it is likely that the complications related to Megan’s heart. At only 15, Megan fought a heart infection, and in 2010, she had to have a heart transplant.
Now Johnson, who toured with Christian singer Francesca Battistelli last year, is left to care for their daughter. But he won’t be alone. His friend and fellow Christian musician, Josh Wilson, stepped up to help Nathan by creating a GoFundMe page.
Wilson wrote on the page, “I have the privilege of knowing Nathan Johnson. He plays guitar in my band. Nathan loves life. He loves people. He loved his wife, Meg…. Needless to say, Nathan is devastated. There are no words for this, so I won't really say much more. Here is what I know. Nathan is a wonderful man and an amazing father. He loves his daughter dearly,” and added Wilson; he’s going to need all the help he can get.
Wilson initially hoped to raise forty thousand dollars to cover expenses so that Johnson could stay off the road for at least six months. He wrote, “Let's cover his bills and meals, so he doesn't have to think about any of that. Let's sleep over at his house and feed sweet Eilee so Nate can rest.”
But people gave more than Wilson could have ever imagined. As of 3:30 ET on Friday, Wilson had raised over $353,000 for Johnson and his daughter. On Thursday, he added an update. “You are all so kind. This is family. This is exactly how it should be. Eilee is going to college. Nathan is taken care of while he figures out what's next. Thank you. Can't quit crying.”
Another Christian music star, Matthew West, says this is an example of the way that social media can be used for good. “I think this is one of those times where we get to see the upside of social media, above all the junk,” he told the Tennessean.
Please pray for Nathan Johnson and his newborn daughter as he deals with the loss of his wife.