A mother from Utah who lost her child last year decided to help other mothers in need and donate her remaining breast milk to a Local Live Well Center. She decided that, instead of mourning her son, she should honor his memory and do something for those in need.
Nicura Thompson is 28 years old and she is the mother of three children. She lost her fourth one last year, but she thought that her breast milk could help many women who are unable to breastfeed their babies.
Thompson is a regular client of the Live Well Center of the McKay-Dee Hospital. The staff from the center declared that the woman comes several times a month to donate her remaining breast milk.
Thompson’s tragic story began when she was in the fifth month of pregnancy. She went to the hospital for a regular check-up and ultrasound, but she did not find pleasant news. The ultrasound revealed that the fetus had seven heart defects that were threatening to his life. He had what was known as DiGeorge Syndrome.
This is a rare condition that affects one in 4000 infants and was discovered by the pediatric endocrinologist Angelo DiGeorge in 1968. It is caused by the deletion of a small fragment in the 22nd chromosome.
The symptoms of DiGeorge Syndrome vary from heart defects, cyanosis, hypocalcemia, hearing loss, palatal anomalies, to certain psychiatric disorders, seizures, or cognitive impairment.
Thompson gave birth on October 21st, 2016. She and her baby spent a few weeks in the hospital, and then they were sent home. Unfortunately, the infant died after six weeks of life.
Thompson can teach everybody a valuable lesson. She said that she was grateful to have been able to spend time with little Colton before his untimely death. While grieving her son, she took a decision that required all the strength in the world.
She found out that many mothers cannot breastfeed their babies because they either cannot lactate or they do not have the time to pump their breasts, she decided to pump her remaining milk and donate it to the Live Well Center.
She started this initiative in December in honor of her lost son, and she is now very close to achieving her first goal of donating 5000 ounces of milk.
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