Mom Decided To Donate 4,000 Ounces Of Breastmilk After Baby Dies
A grieving mother from Utah decided to pump her remaining breast milk and donated it to a local Live Well Center. The 28-year-old Nicura Thompson, lost her fourth child last year. Her breast milk can potentially help dozens of women who are unable to breastfeed their children.
Thompson is a mother of three and a regular client of the McKay-Dee Hospital's Live Well Center. The staff said that she comes in a few times a month to donate her breast milk.
Thompson was in her 5th month pregnancy when she found out after an ultrasound that her baby had less than seven life-threatening heart defects. The doctor said the fetus had a rare immune disorder, a condition called DiGeorge Syndrome, which affects one in 4,000 infants.
Mirror Daily reported that the condition is also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which is caused by the deletion of a tiny fragment located in the 22nd chromosome. Diagnosed patients can experience symptoms ranging from cardiac defects, to cyanosis, hypocalcaemia, palatal anomalies, hearing loss to more psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment, ADD, and seizures.
Thompson gave birth to her baby, Colton, on October 21, 2016. After spending a few weeks in the hospital they were sent home. Due to severe heart defects the infant only survived for six weeks and died on his mother's 28th birthday according to Wave3.
Thompson said she was grateful to have at least spent some time with her baby Colton before his death. They were at least able to take him trick or treating with them and spent Thanksgiving together. Colton was in the hospital for Thanksgiving and the family put a little turkey hat on him she said.
After she learned that there were other mothers who either can't or don't have the time to pump their breasts in order to feed their children, she decided to donated her breast milk in December. She has donated 4,000 ounces of milk and is now close to her goal of 5,000 ounces.