"The whole family had been waiting for the baby and it was really, just a huge blow."
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Clay Walker and his wife are mourning the loss of a 20-week pregnancy. The country singer revealed that Jessica Walker was pregnant with their sixth child just a few weeks ago.
Walker called the devastating news a "huge blow" to his family.
"The whole family had been waiting for the baby," Walker told PEOPLE. "We had her room ready, her clothes bought — everything, and her name, Eleanora Lindsey. So, it was a nightmare and still is for my wife. We were at 20 weeks, and we'd already made it through the toughest part. We've had five successful full-term pregnancies and five beautiful children. It's tough."
Walker said there was no sign of trouble early on in the pregnancy. During Jessica's 13-week check-up, they saw their daughter "doing acrobatics." He added, "We were laughing so hard because she was so active. And just everything was so perfect."
The couple is leaning on faith and friends to get through this difficult time.
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"I just don't know how moms [sic] make it through the rest of their lives with that kind of pain," he shared. "It's just so, so deep. And you know, as a husband and a father, not being able to do anything about it, not being able to protect my wife's feelings or the baby, sucks.
"It felt like we got run over by a train and just watching my wife suffer through that. I feel for all the women out there who have been through a miscarriage, just because you're losing a child."
The tragedy reminded Walker of his own battle with multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1996.
"When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I never asked God 'why', but you know, if I make it to heaven, [asking why this had to happen to us] is going to be my first question. There's no understanding this for me, and especially for a mom that's the greatest mom. She just tries to be the best mom and wife that she can be. It's unfair."
The couple married in September 2007. They have five children, sons Christiaan, 2, Ezra, 5, Elijah, 10, and William, 14, and one daughter, Mary-Elizabeth, 13. Walker is also dad to two adult daughters Skylor and MaClay, from a previous relationship.
Walker released his most recent album, Texas To Tennessee, in July 2021.