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Kara Keough Bosworth has penned a heartbreaking tribute to her son three weeks after his death during childbirth.
The 32-year-old, who previously starred on the Bravo reality series “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” took to social media to share a black and white photo of herself holding her newborn son, McCoy Casey Bosworth. In the photo, Bosworth holds McCoy on her chest, while her husband Kyle wraps his arms around her in what was one of the only moments they would share with their son.
Bosworth captioned the photo with a moving tribute to McCoy and what she calls “instead” mothers, who are forced to grieve instead of celebrate milestones.
“You would have been three weeks old today. You would be ‘waking up’ and showing us more of you. I would be getting the hang of being a mom of two,” Bosworth began. “My milk would be regulating to your schedule. Your sister would be asking questions about your belly button and you would have peed on her at least once by now.”
Bosworth continued by imagining what life would be like for the infant, who was born on April 6, weighing 11 lbs, 4 oz.
“Daddy would be sending texts to his football buddies about how our giant baby boy could probably already out-lift them,” she wrote. “We would be laughing that you never fit into newborn diapers, not even for one day. I’d be exhausted, leaking, and happy. Instead... we’re missing you.”
Earlier this month, Bosworth shared the tragic news of McCoy’s death, revealing he had suffered shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord during birth.
“To all my fellow ‘instead’ mamas, thank you for reminding me that we’re not alone, and that we can survive this,” she continued. “He didn’t, but we have to. And we will.”
According to the March of Dimes, shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that occurs when either one or both of the baby’s shoulders become stuck in the mother’s pelvis during labour. Shoulder Dystocia can cause severe damage to the brachial plexus nerves (nerves running from the spinal cord down the neck and to the arms) and can potentially cause asphyxiation.
The family opted to donate his organs and tissue, and requested that a special prayer written by Bosworth be read in McCoy’s honour prior to retrieval.
“Tonight, we join together to honour this little saviour’s gifts of life. Through him, may others find new hope and profound healing... and may he live again through them. May his legacy shine in the form of lifetimes aplenty - lives filled with laughter, compassion, energy, love, and most of all gratitude,” Bosworth wrote. “May it be said that McCoy Casey Bosworth left this world in a better place, for a better place.... that he made an impact... that he was an answered prayer... that he was a hero. May angels lead him in.
Thank you, McCoy.”