YouTube Star Brittani Boren Leach Mourns Death of Infant Son, Donates His Organs

Brittani Boren Leach

YouTube personality Brittani Boren Leach is grieving the loss of her 3-month-old son, Crew, after the infant laid down for a nap on Christmas day and stopped breathing in his sleep.

The San Antonio, Texas mother first shared the news with her 886k followers on Instagram from her son’s bedside, desperately pleading for prayers.

 

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“I don’t have any words right now, other than to desperately ask for your prayers. Not the kind that you say ‘I’m praying for you/ and don’t, but the kind where you fall on your knees and beg God for a miracle,” she wrote. “While at a relative’s house last night, Crew laid down for a nap and when I went to check on him, he was not breathing. We are living a nightmare, and I’m dying inside. Please pray for my baby. This can’t be real.”

Leach later shared a photo of herself keeping watch next to her son’s hospital bed. Crew was hooked up to a ventilator which was “breathing for him.”

 

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“They are working on stabilizing his body and tomorrow he will have an MRI to determine his brain function and that will determine the next step. I can’t explain to you what this feels like,” she said. “This kind of thing only happens to ‘other’ people. Not me.”

On December 28th, she shared a photo of her cradling the little boy, wires and tubes covering his tiny body.

 

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Leach told Good Morning America that after running several tests, doctors determined Crew had “sustained brain injuries that were catastrophic and irreparable.”

Leach said that while Crew’s “tiny earthly body is still with us,” the family knew that “he’s already dancing and playing in Heaven.”

The mother of four boys and a stepdaughter made the impossible decision along with her husband, Jeff, to donate their son’s organs.

 

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“After careful thought and many prayers, we made the difficult decision to donate his healthy organs to children in need,” Leach said in the statement. “Our hearts are shattered, but we find solace in the hope that other children may live, because of Crew.”

Leach says her son’s organs will go to save the lives of three or four other babies.

“Through this experience we have learned that the list of patients in need of an organ transplant greatly exceeds donor availability,” she wrote. “In light of this deficit, we hope to inspire others to make the life saving decision to become an organ donor.”

On Monday, baby Crew was given an “honor walk.“ Hospital staff lined the hallways to pay their respects to the sweet boy as he was taken into surgery, where he would donate his organs to give other babies a chance at life.

 

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“It’s all just too much. All of it. I know God has a plan for this, but I’m really really mad at him right now. I cry behind the bathroom door while Jeff holds me, because in the room over everyone else gets to laugh and go on with their lives, and it makes me so angry,” Leach wrote on Sunday. “Running tests on my sons body to see how his organs are functioning before they take them. Pumping breastmilk just to pour it down the drain. Hearing a baby cry. Seeing a baby his age. Shopping Nordstrom for the dress I’ll wear to my son’s funeral. It’s all too much. I’m sorry to vent, but this is my heart. And I need all the prayers to get through this.”

Through the “most difficult time of their lives,” Leach says she and her family are “profoundly thankful for the outpouring of love and support” they’ve received. The 29-year-old mother is holding tight to the short time she got to spend with her son this side of heaven.

 

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Our prayers are with the family during this unimaginable time.

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Bri Lamm is the Editor of ForEveryMom.com! An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook!