A mother of four died during childbirth, leaving her family in shock at the suddenness of her passing.
Lauren Accurso was giving birth to her fourth child—a son—at Wolfsons Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, when she died. However, the baby, Matthew Jr., miraculously survived through childbirth, although he remains in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for observation and careful treatment, according to News 4 Jax.
When the family learned of what had happened while Accurso was in labor, they immediately contacted their family’s pastor, Matt McCloghry. According to the news outlet, the pastor learned of the news that something was wrong with Accurso’s fourth pregnancy through a text message asking him to pray for the family.
“We want to pray this baby home, so he can start his life with his new family,” McCloghry said.
Many people started praying—but not just people in St. Johns County in Jacksonville, Florida. There were people as far as Sydney, Australia who were praying that the baby boy would be able to survive.
“It was very sudden, really, just through text message and a quick phone call. ‘Something is happening, and we need to pray,'” McCloghry told News 4 Jax. “It was really shortly thereafter a group of us went down to the hospital and we heard the news.”
According to News 4 Jax, McCloghry had been the Accurso’s family pastor ever since he opened up his church three years ago. He told the news outlet that Lauren Accurso was just lovely and bubbly. He called her an incredible wife to her husband as well as an incredible mother who was always a strong believer.
“People going through a tough time, I’ll send scriptures, and she’ll send scriptures to them to help them, and just so many stories,” McCloghry said.
A friend of the family said that Accurso died due to a rare and unpreventable medical emergency. Meanwhile, McCloghry and the people at the church continued to pray endlessly for the baby to survive and be healthy.
At the moment, Accurso’s husband spends time with his youngest son in the NICU, bonding. Although his youngest son will not be with his mother as he grows up, the family said there are plenty of tales that his sisters and father will tell him to share the memories that Accurso left for the family.
The church has created a GoFundMe page in order to help with the Accurso family after their loss. At the time of writing, the GoFundMe fundraiser had raised $141,700 of its $150,000 goal in six days, thanks to 1,311 people who donated to the family.
“There are no words to describe the pain and the heartbreak felt by so many,” the GoFundMe page read. “Most especially to Matt and their girls Ali, Naomi, and Lyne, and their new baby boy, Matthew, who are deeply grieving the loss of their most precious wife and mom.”
McCloghry also provided an update from the father of the four children, saying that Matthew Jr.’s eyes were open, and during the bonding time, the baby’s eyes were tracking his father’s. Matthew Jr. had also been making coo noises.
The update also read that Matthew Jr. was off the ventilators, now, as well as the insulin. In addition, the baby started to do normal baby things, such as moving around, and it seemed like the baby’s digestive tract is working because he had “pooped up a storm.”
The update also included what would be coming in the next few days, such as cat scans and MRIs, bottle feeding, and rehab and therapy. The fundraiser asked that people still kept Matthew Jr. in their prayers, as “the miracle is in motion.”