Strangers donate breast milk to a boy whose unvaccinated mother died of COVID-19 complications six months after he was born.
Megan Richards, 32, of Oak Grove, Missouri, died last month, leaving behind six children, including her five-month-old son Myles, whom she planned to breastfeed until his first birthday.
“It was one of the things she wanted most for the baby, and it was important to her, so it was important to me,” Megan’s husband, Michael Richards, told Good Morning America.
Megan Richards, 32, of Oak Grove, Missouri, died last month, leaving behind six children, including her five-month-old son Myles (pictured)
The mother planned to breastfeed the baby until his first birthday. So far, the family has received about 400 grams of donated breast milk and a donated freezer to store it
“Even when she got sick and I tried to keep her in bed and just let her rest, I talked to her that maybe it was time to stop pumping – she’d been pumping to be able to feed him from a bottle – and she refused.’
Sharing his family’s heartbreaking story with their local news channel WDAF-TV, Michael explained that Megan had stored breast milk, but they needed more.
He asked anyone who could help send an email to his sister-in-law Brittany Eppenauer, who leads the breast milk donation campaign.
So far, the family has received about 400 grams of donated breast milk and a donated freezer to store it, GMA reported. They estimate that they will need about 10,000 grams to reach Myles’ first birthday in July.
Michael and Megan would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary on November 30th
Megan had five biological children and also shared a stepchild with her husband. The oldest of their six children is 13 years old, while Myles is the youngest at five months old
The family will need an estimated 10,000 ounces to reach Myles’ birthday in July
Eppenauer told the outlet that she has received nearly 300 emails from women wanting to donate in honor of Megan.
“The first donation we received came from a woman named Megan,” she said. “It’s overwhelming to know that other moms care about you so much to make sure we can fulfill my sister’s wishes.”
Michael and Megan would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary on November 30. They had gone to school together and reconnected via Facebook six years ago.
Megan had five biological children and also shared a stepchild with her husband. The oldest of their six children is 13 years old.
Megan, Michael and all six of their children had contracted COVID-19 in mid-November, but most had only mild symptoms
The mother, who had not been vaccinated, was rushed to hospital on Nov. 14 after she passed out in the living room and died the next day
The couple and all of their children had contracted COVID-19 by mid-November, but most had only mild symptoms. Although Myles had to be treated for dehydration, he recovered soon after.
Megan, who had not been vaccinated, was rushed to hospital by ambulance on Nov. 14 after Michael found her on the ground unresponsive.
“I went out to call 911 and when I came back in, Megan was on the living room floor,” he recalls. “Our oldest said she got up and said she wasn’t feeling well and passed out.”
The mother was treated for dehydration and was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia, according to Michael. Megan, who had fluid buildup around her heart, continued to deteriorate and died the next day.
The family is now urging others to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I’m sorry I didn’t push her to get it,” Michael told WDAF-TV.