After saying goodbye to his high school sweetheart, this father had to pull the plug on his "miracle baby's" life support.
The father who referred to his son as a "living miracle" to have survived a perilous delivery which took the life of his mother is now dead. Matthew Accurso Jr. was born on April 29 to a couple, Lauren and Matthew Accurso who already had three other girls, Ali Rose, 8, Naomi Belle, 5, and Layne Louise, 2. Both were excited when the high school sweethearts learned that they were about to have a boy but sadly due to some unpreventable complication Lauren, 37, passed away while giving birth to her first son.
Even after the demise of his wife Matthew held on to his son who was kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of a hospital in Jacksonville. Accurso Jr. was "suffering from significant brain injury due to a prolonged period without oxygen during his birth," explained his father in an emotional Facebook post. Due to his critical condition, he was put under artificial ventilation. Soon he started responding to the treatment and was able to breathe and digest his food on his own.
Explaining his son's condition, he wrote: As a result, several serious complications related to cognitive function and development have become a reality for Matthew. At this time Matthew is being supported by a breathing machine requiring an airway tube, and also a feeding tube. A GoFundMe Page was also created by Mary and Peter Camiolo, to help the family pay for the expensive treatment the newborn was undergoing. The couple kept providing timely updates about the condition of the baby boy. In one such update, they mentioned how he had started "digesting food like a champ." His father too acknowledged the baby's strength to have opened his eyes and started breathing on his own given his fragile condition.
Unfortunately, he decided to put his son off life support. While it did seem that his vitals were getting stronger initially, it was rather temporary. His health had deteriorated considerably after and the family has left with no other option apart from pulling the plug revealed Matthew Accurso's post, shared by the family pastor, Matt McCloghry. On Thursday the family pastor spoke to TODAY and revealed how much the newborn's sisters were "enjoying every sweet moment and spending as much time" as they could before his demise.
"They really feel like they have been able to hold onto a miracle, and baby Matthew is a miracle," expressed Father McCloghry. "They are really seeing this from heaven's perspective. The name Matthew means 'gift of God.' They are choosing to see him as a true gift." He further mentioned how the family has been keeping a brave front and finding strength in all the prayers and messages of support. "The family appreciates prayer right now for the girls as they are coming to terms with life without mom," McCloghry said.
"Matt is truly grateful for the outpouring of support. People around the world have rallied around this family and lifted baby Matthew up in prayer and he wants everyone to know that if anything, his faith has been strengthened through this." Matthews's father emotionally explained how no father should be in such a position. "Today, I was faced with something no father should ever have to face," he wrote. Revealing his predicament he wrote: "The decision to place Matthew on endless life supporting contraptions and medications or allow God to carry him where He will."
He went on to dismiss any thought that would consider the family's story as "an awful tragedy" or even consider this as a sign of God's absence from their lives. Moreover, he wrote, "Matthew is a living miracle," and congratulated his son for his strength to have made it through to the NICU during an ambulance ride "without an ounce of oxygen." The tiny soul then defied all odds explained the father, "Matthew then defied all odds and opened his eyes, breathed on his own, pumped blood through his strong heart, moved his limbs without rigidity and even made coo noises."
"Often times we consider things miracles when the miracle looks how we want it to look. What I've learned is that miracles are miracles whether we choose to see them or not. My miracle was having my soul mate by my side for almost 20 years and then being so blessed to give her 4 gorgeous babies," continued the post. Matthew Sr. seemed to be hopeful as his son would be joining his mother in paradise, "My miracle is holding my son for as many precious moments as possible and when the time comes, lifting him up to his mommy so that she can hold him for the first time in paradise."