Tragic beyond words.
Shayne Lamas has been having to fight for her own life these past few weeks, including her heart giving out on Valentines Day. As an expecting mother, though, that was nothing compared to losing the life of her 20-week-old unborn child.
She and husband Nik Richie are going through things NOBODY should ever have to go through.
Due to the rare pregnancy complication last week, Shayne had to have an emergency hysterectomy to save her life and stop the massive bleeding. A few days after the baby was lost, a social worker from the hospital and someone involved in the religion affiliated with the hospital asked if Nik wanted to know the gender.
After telling him it was "a beautiful boy," they then asked the grieving father if he wanted to view his son for closure — that's when he was taken to a room where his son kept. They then asked him to hold the baby while they prayed.
That's when Nik was told he needed to also name him, so they could fill out the birth certificate. With emotion, he chose, Rex Jagger Lamas-Richie.
Nik said it was the hardest thing he's ever done, which we completely understand.
With Shayne still in ICU and in really bad shape, Nik has found the time to write a letter to his lost son, which said:
I'm writing this to say thank you, to let you know how truly blessed I am to be your father. You brought meaning to your parents' life in a way you'll never know and you'll always be in our hearts and thoughts.
I name you Rex Jagger, R.J. You had a name, a family, and a life ready for the taking. I'm realizing that life doesn't always work out the way you imagine. I'm sorry.
God has a plan for us all. He gave me an amazing son you will always watch over our family. You saved your mother's life with your passing, and I will never forget how much this means to me, R.J. In family, we sacrifice for each other. You gave your life for us. You showed me how to love.
I need you to know that I held you, spoke to you, kissed you and that you'll be remembered. You are perfect. You will always be my son. I'm proud of you, always. I love you, Rex Jagger Lamas-Richie.
No words could ever express how sorry we are that this has happened.
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