Losing a child is never easy. However, in the midst of all that pain and madness, some parents somehow manage to see beyond their loss and to think about how they can help others. Ever since the death of her infant in December 2016, a Utah mother has been visiting a Live Well Center to donate her pumped breast milk. To this moment, the Utah mother donated 4,000 ounces of milk but declared that she wouldn’t stop until she reaches her personal goal of 5,000 ounces.
Nicura Thompson, a woman from the state of Utah, was more than thrilled to find out that she was pregnant at the end of January. Like any other mother to be, Thompson’s concerns revolved around baby clothes, bottles, and cribs.
However, Thompson’s life would take a turn for the worse when she entered the fifth month of pregnancy. After going to her ultrasound appointment, Thompson received the worst piece of news any mother can receive – that her baby is too weak to survive.
Thompson’s doctor told the woman that her son’s ultrasound reveals that the infant had seven distinctive heart defects, all of them consistent with a rare autoimmune disorder called DiGeorge syndrome, which affects one in 4000 newborns.
Infants diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome have a low life expectancy and can experience debilitating symptoms like cognitive impairment. Thompson was shocked to find out that her child’s days are a number.
The woman gave birth to young Colton on the 21st of October 2016. In a recent interview, Nicura Thompson, the Utah mother, recalls the moments spent with Colton before his death. The woman said that she was grateful for being able to take Colton trick-or-treating and to spend time with him on Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, due to his condition, Colton died six weeks after being born, on the day the woman turned 28. After spending some time grieving for young Colton, Nicura decided to do something to honor the memory of her son. And seeing that there is a shortage of breast milk in Live Well Centers, the Utah mother has decided to pump and to donate her breast milk.
Elon Jensen, the director of Salt Lake City Live Well Center, mentioned that Thompson has started to donate breast milk in December, and she drops off at the clinic at least a couple of time per month. Up till now, the Utah mother has donated 4,000 ounces of milk. However, she told the reporters that she doesn’t want to stop until she reaches 5,000 ounces.
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