Broward County Teacher Tragically Loses Life during Childbirth

Suzanne-Mazzola

Suzanne Mazzola with three of her children before she was to give birth. – Photo courtesy of Mazzola family

By: Sharon Aron Baron

A special needs teacher lost her life while giving birth to her fourth child on Monday.

Suzanne Mazzola, 34, an exceptional student education teacher (ESE) at Park Trails Elementary who primarily worked with students with autism, passed away during surgery while giving birth to son Owen Gabriel, who was born healthy.

Suzanne and her husband Joe, of nine years, are from Tamarac and leave behind four children: Matteo 7, Ella 5, Luca 2 and newborn baby boy, Owen.

In a fundraising website created in her honor by her aunt Janet Free, she states that Suzanne was diagnosed with a condition called Placenta Percreta that occurs when the placenta penetrates through the entire uterine wall and attaches to another organ such as the bladder. The primary concern for Suzanne following child birth was hemorrhaging while a team of 15 doctors attempted to detach the placenta. The website said that Suzanne was given the option to take the baby very early in the pregnancy, “but being the wonderful strong woman and mother that she was and understanding the personal risk, she chose to wait until 35 weeks when the baby would be strong enough to survive,”  wrote Free. Owen was born at 6 pounds 2 ounces.

Suzanne’s love for children led her to become a special needs teacher for the Broward County Public School system. Her husband Joe helps run the family business Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant.  Suzanne is also survived by her parents Ernest and Cynthia Roberts, Siblings; Kristine (Sergio) Rodriguez, Michael (Nancy) Roberts, Brian (Amy) Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, Joshua Roberts, Eric Roberts, Sarah Roberts, Eddie Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Erik Roberts and Jovanni Roberts, mother and father in law; Giuseppe and Margaret Mazzola, brother and sister in law; Marianne Mazzola and Anthony Mazzola; 19 nieces and nephews and many other loving family and friends. 

Update: So far the family has raised over $86,000 by over 1,100 donors since she has passed away.

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  • TheoryofRelativity

    I’m interested to hear the god-believer’s defense on this.

    • couponclipper

      Why? Just let them be and believe what they choose. And you do the same.

      • TheoryofRelativity

        I’m interested to hear their perspective. Should we not be free to discuss? The software you’re using to respond is called Disqus, you know.

        • JoeBudden7

          o_O ?

        • couponclipper

          A religious person believes God has His reasons. The question is why can’t both sides just leave the other alone and let it start with you?

          • Guest

            A religious person 600 years ago would swear to their mother’s grave (and even murder to mute others) that all the planets, including the sun, revolved around the earth.

            If a religious person truly desires truth, then these discussions are rather appropriate to broaden our perspective of life and truth.

            If a religious person like yourself desires to mute others who do not have the same point of view as you, then you’re no different than the example I mentioned in my first sentence.

          • TheoryofRelativity

            A religious person 600 years ago would swear to their mother’s grave (and even murder to mute others) that all the planets, including the sun, revolved around the earth.

            If a religious person truly desires truth, then these discussions are rather appropriate to broaden our perspective of life and truth.

            If a religious person like yourself desires to mute others who do not have the same point of view as you, then you’re no different than the example I mentioned in my first sentence (except your murder is the death of the pursuit of truth).

          • TheoryofRelativity

            A religious person 600 years ago would swear to their mother’s grave (and even murder to mute others) that all the planets, including the sun, revolved around the earth.

            If a religious person truly desires truth, then these discussions are rather appropriate to broaden our perspective of life and truth.

            If a religious person like yourself desires to mute others who do not have the same point of view as you, then you’re no different than the example I mentioned in my first sentence (except your murder is the death of the pursuit of truth).

    • JVH

      Theoryofrelativity your an idiot why would you use this forum to push your atheist idiology. From God’s perspective, that life is not lost. God is able to restore to that child their life, so no loss is suffered on the part of the child. Life is not lost to the One who can restore it.

      What about the grief that parents and family experience? In our loss, the presence of God is available for us to experience His strength, His comfort, His sustaining love and assurance in the face of the evil that exists. God sustains those who grieve for those He calls to Himself.

      • TheoryofRelativity

        Well, starting your comment with an insult doesn’t really strengthen your point, and this is not a forum, nor am I pushing my atheist ideology. I simply posed a good question at an opportune time.

        I wonder how you can see things from god’s perspective and yet not even be able to see mine? (apparently you haven’t understood my point of view as I noted the discrepancies from my comment to yours in my first sentence).

        The grief the husband feels, and all that know her, I dare not even imagine; it must be so painful.

        As I stated in another comment below, it boils down to 3 possible options if god exists: he’s either selfish, not all powerful, or not all knowing.

        This woman left 4 beautiful children, a husband, and a class full of special needs students (not including all the other family members & friends that were impacted by her existence).

        I just wonder what possibility could a god-believer come up with other than the three I assume.

        • JVH

          An Insult is apropos. My insult has no strength or degradation of my point it has to do with your obvious intent to push your agenda. You care not about the people left behind or the person who has moved on to a better place. It does not come down to YOUR 3 possible options because just because you don’t believe doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist. Move to another blog and let these people deal with their loss without your input.

          • TheoryofRelativity

            How would you know my emotional connection to the family who suffered this tragedy? And how do you know I do not believe in god? I can entertain possibilities without believing them.

            Sigh, religious people – always telling others what to do.

          • JVH

            Typical redirect pointing back at me when you stated there were only 3 possible options. So Sad…. It doesn’t take a Theorist of relativity to realize your agenda. You have no emotional connection with this family because if you did your concern would be for this family and not the answer to your riddle. Sigh – Religious people worrying about the feelings of other people during a time of grieving. Unlike you who instead uses a tragedy to try and entertain yourself.

          • TheoryofRelativity

            Redirect pointing at you? I do not even understand you. I am asking for clarification of your statements.

            If someone was truly concerned for the family, they wouldn’t run to social sites to publicly announce their sorrow (like so many do), they should actually do something for the family (actions speak louder than words).

            I desire truth, and my intention when I posed the question was to serve that.

            JVH, I do not think you have the capacity to debate with me. However, thank you so much for your time!

          • JVH

            Speaking of not having the capacity to debate. Let me slow it down for you. You said. “Religious people are always telling people what to do”, when just earlier in your paragraph you gave me only 3 possible options for which I must believe god exists. Don’t you think you were telling me what my options where???? Hence telling me “What to do or believe” thus the statement from me of redirect. it is okay for the Theorist to tell someone what to do but not the person he is having a discussion with? Additionally it is not your job to tell people how they should grieve or support this family. Only someone with a GOD complex would insist on their way being the only way. Your desire for truth and your intent for truth was a selfish act in this instance, especially when trying to push your views on to other people. Nobody asked for your input and it was performed for your gratification not the family or the loved ones. SAD-Sigh

          • TheoryofRelativity

            I gave my 3 options, but I also stated, “I just wonder what possibility could a god-believer come up with other than the three I assume.”

            After the numerous question mark part in your comment, all that followed was incoherent and I didn’t even bother trying to decipher.

            Thanks again for your time and efforts!

          • Button Top SugarShop

            God allowing a tragedy to occur is not the same as causing it. Evil being present in the world is a fact. That is evident in the behavior of so many in society. If there is a God, then could there not be the antithesis of God? And if so, a battle being raged…the people of this planet choosing who and what ideology they will follow? Simplified, good vs. evil? And if said God does not want a troop of lemmings following Him, but instead wishes for people to choose Him if they want to and not because they were compelled…then how could He step in to intervene in each horrifying situation? He could not. He would be not only forcing the hand of love, but forcing the hand of the people of this planet by not allowing the evil antithesis of His existence to make his case…per se, his will on this planet.
            ….
            Eventually this will come to an end. This suffering wont last forever.

          • go away

            You are the one attempting to jam your beliefs down everyone’s throat I believe because I do period I could care less if you do! I live my life by mine and gods creed and you do the same but don’t put me down for it and stay out of my way because I believe that God will sit in judgement of you and I don’t want to be caught in the blow back- good luck to you and God bless

  • laz

    So tragic. This has nothing to do with god and everything to to with a family who has lost their mother. My heart goes out to all involved. It’s truly heart wrenching.

    • TheoryofRelativity

      This is a terrible incident, and it besets me that such ill fortune occurs to such wonderful people.

      Now, this circumstance is a prime occasion to pose the question: “How could a god allow this?”

      So I ask the disqus community their opinion on this – for those who do not like these topics, do not be involved. If you do, I would be delighted to read your comments.

      • killer187187

        I would love to punch a hole threw your face

        • TheoryofRelativity

          I wouldn’t like your company much either.

  • Dede

    I am religious but i know this has nothing to do with religious beleifs. I have been in the same boat as this woman and survived. Doctors still can’t explain how or why, but i was very fortunate. My heart goes out to them and i hope they find strength in thier family bonds and have faith i whatever they choose to help them move forward.

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    Everything is for God’s glory. We may never know why this happened. HE has His reasons. This is so sad and my heart breaks for this family but we cannot put God in a box. We are not God nor should try to be. There is no defense TheoryofRelativity – His reasons are far greater than our comprehension.

    • Guest

      It boils down to 3 possible options: he’s either selfish, not all powerful, or not all knowing.

      This woman left 4 beautiful children, a husband, and a class full of special needs students (not including all the other family members & friends that were impacted by her existence).

      I just wonder what possibility could a god-believer come up with other than the 3 I assume.

    • TheoryofRelativity

      It boils down to 3 possible options if god exists: he’s either selfish, not all powerful, or not all knowing.

      This woman left 4 beautiful children, a husband, and a class full of special needs students (not including all the other family members & friends that were impacted by her existence).

      I just wonder what possibility could a god-believer come up with other than the three I assume.

      • Faithwalker

        To believe in God doesn’t make one religious. Religious people practice a certain belief or teachings but knowing God is a faith walk not knowing what path life will take but believing no matter what comes or goes you will overcome it. Sometimes people seeking for the right answers religious or not, will reject it because they have concluded with a solution and have no intention on being open to the possibility.

        It is an assumption to believe that because something or someone is good, it is necessary for God to keep them. To be good simply mean to give of yourself until there’s nothing left to give. She’s completed her job and her children will be fine. God knows the plan He has for each of us. Religious or not, He established the foundation for us to include her children before we were created.

        God has absolutely nothing to prove. Religious people and non believers will always defend their belief (everyone believe in something). When you’re confident in where you stand, there’s nothing to prove. Others will see your work and be drawn to you.

        • TheoryofRelativity

          I simply asked what is the god-believer’s defense on this story; I didn’t initially mention anything about differences between religious people or w/e.

          It is not the assumption to believe that because someone/thing is good, it is necessary for god to keep; the assumption is that god is to be a “just” god.

          Now, from the outside, it is easy to say “she has completed her job.” But for the widow who is without his dear friend and wife, whom he woke up to and fell asleep with for the past ‘X’ amount of years, or for the children who received songs and kisses before bedtime each night, or for the parents who invested so much time to raise their daughter (changing diapers, feeding, schooling, etc. and the blood & sweat that went into all the rearing), it is not so justifiable to say that her job is done.

          I bring this up to discuss with those who seek TRUTH, not to seek a defense. What could we say about the position of a heavenly being who claims to be a just god in books written by men, yet circumstances like this happen?

          I have yet to get one solid response on my inquiry.

  • lollygagger07

    *Sigh* It’s amazing how selfish and insensitive people can be. Have some respect for this family’s loss and take your ideology debate somewhere else. There are so many social outlets to do this, you need not do it here. Realize that this family is dealing with something tragic and I’m sure that they would not appreciate you calling this tragic occurrence an “opportune time” to debate something. It doesn’t matter what the software is called. It’s called having respect.

    • TheoryofRelativity

      We are free to say and share what we like, ESPECIALLY in this cyber world of commenting. If you are one of those who do not like these topics, do not be involved. If you do, I would be delighted to read your comments.

      However, if you are all about telling people what to do and how to do things, I am sure your efforts will prove to be frustrating.

      • lollygagger07

        Ha ha ha! My efforts are not frustrating. I’m glad to reveal how insensitive and egotistical you are. I didn’t tell you not to have your little debate. I didn’t tell you not to reference this article in your little debate. What I did tell you is that there are more appropriate outlets to do this. It’s true that you can say what you like and share what you like. You can go ahead and defecate on someone’s grave if you like, doesn’t mean it’s right. You have yet to get one solid response on your inquiry because faith isn’t based off of science and facts, TheoryofRelativity. People will believe what they want to believe just like you believe what you want to believe. Nothing you can say will sway that. And like someone already mentioned to you, it seems as though you are using this article for your own entertainment. And that’s your problem but there’s more appropriate places where there’s less likelihood of someone who’s related to this family reading that you have said multiple times that this is an “opportune time” and a “prime occasion” to have some religious debate. The world does not revolve around you and your little debates my dear.

        • TheoryofRelativity

          Nothing was really revealed except for the face that you’ve misunderstood entirely my intention for the question (and probably what the question was altogether, too).

          Defecating on graves is a very contract (and unusual) example to contrary against commenting on posts.

          I’m not trying to sway anyone’s opinions, but there are people, like myself, who desire to dialog about what is currently true. Yes, some people prefer make-believe, prefer to not question why things are, and that’s okay, we can all exist in our own ways.

          Faith (trust) is not based of science and facts? What is science but the recording of causes & effects over and over again to determine a fact? And what is fact but truth? How can you trust something that is not true and is not consistently effecting from any cause you are doing?

          I do not want to branch off anymore from my initial query, lollygagger, so I’m good here. All the best to you and yours!