Families Remember Lost Newborns, Infants

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The grief can be overwhelming for families who have lost a young child or even a newborn. Sunday, many families gathered to express those emotions together at Memorial Hospital.

"You know, when you're sitting there looking at your child, you're just thinking I want to remember what you look like, I want to remember what you sound like, I want to remember what you feel like, and nothing matters other than that," said Xochiquetzal Cantu, a mother whose baby lived only four-and-a-half hours after birth.

Cantu's newborn suffered from Potter's Syndrome, which impacts the child's kidney development while still inside the womb. "We were looking at a zero to 15-minute lifespan when he was born (in January), and we were blessed with four-and-a-half hours, and he had a little bit of oxygen and he cried, and his soul...he was just there with us knowing that he was there, and he was alive, that's one of the reason's why I'm here," said Cantu about the emotion moments following her child's birth with the knowledge that he wouldn't survive.

Cantu was just one of many mothers who came together Sunday for the interfaith service put on by Memorial Hospital. She says an event like this is a good way to connect with others who have lived through similar losses.

"Grief, everybody deals with it differently. And being able to reach out is beautiful. My husband is a very reserved person, and this is his way of reaching out as well," said Cantu.

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