Utah mom, Nicura Thompson discovered her son son, Colton, would be born with seven heart defects when she was five months pregnant. Nicura remained hopeful, and Colton was carried to term. Then tragedy struck.
“He was born full term. He came home at a week old and he wasn’t on oxygen,” Thompson told Inside Edition. “Unfortunately, a couple weeks into his stay at home, he started having [breathing] trouble.”
At 6 weeks old, Colton went into cardiac arrest. The newborn passed away on December 28, which was also Nicura’s 28th birthday.
“Two days before he passed away I knew I wanted to donate breast milk,” said Thompson. “It’s my way of honoring my son.”
Instead of throwing her remaining breast milk away, Nicura pumps four times a day and freezes the milk. She’ll produce as much as can fit in her freezer. Then she drops it off at Mountain West Mothers Milk Bank for other infants in need.
Nicura’s goal is to donate a whopping 5,000 ounces. Even after she hits that number, she hopes to continue donating until her body no longer produces.
“I will go as long as my body lets me. I just know how important breast milk is to other babies who are in the ICU. I just wanted something to come out of it,” Thompson said.
Nicura’s decision hasn’t been emotionally easy. She knows who this milk was truly intended for, but the coping mother also knows this is a magnificent way to honor her son’s legacy.
“It’s hard giving my milk away because it was supposed to be for my baby, but it’s going away to other babies who need it so it’s worth it,” she said.
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