A group of strangers helped a family of seven who had just lost their mother, Megan Richards when they needed it most.
The Oak Grove, Missouri, resident died unexpectedly in November after being infected with COVID-19.
Megan had wanted to nurse her now 5-month-old baby Myles until he became one year old. Unfortunately, Megan did not survive long enough to ensure it. At that point, many generous people stepped in to assure that her baby’s milk supply would never be depleted.
Michael Richards, Megan’s husband, said in an interview with GMA, “It was one of the things that she wanted the most for the baby, and it was important to her, so it was important to me.”
According to Megan sister, Brittany Eppenauer, in addition to 400 ounces of donated breast milk, the family has gotten a freezer to put the milk supply in. When Myles turns one in July next year, he will have required about 10,000 ounces of breast milk.
When Brittany, who is spearheading a breast milk donation drive for her sister, learned that more than 300 women had shown an interest in donating their breast milk, she was stunned.
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In the weeks since Megan Richards, who was unvaccinated, died, the family has received approximately 400 oz. of donated breast milk from other moms.
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“It’s overwhelming to know that other moms care that much, to make sure that we can fulfill my sister’s wishes,” Brittany told media.
On November 14, Megan was taken to the hospital by ambulance after passing out in the living room. It was thought that Megan would recover rapidly from dehydration.
When Michael got a call from the hospital the next day, they informed him that his wife was not doing well. Megan had been given CPR by the time she got to the hospital because she had a fluid build-up around her heart. Later that day, she drew her last breath.
The mourning family is worried about filling the space Megan left behind when she passed away. She was a devoted mother to her five children, as well as a step-child she shared with her husband.
“She was a perfect mother. Everything she did was for the kids,” Michael, who would have celebrated his second wedding anniversary with his late wife on No.30 if she had been alive, said.
Michael recalled how she breastfed her baby the night before she died even though she could not keep her head above water.
“We put off vacations and dates for ourselves so we could spend more time with the kids. Everything was about them,” Michael explained how much her children meant to his wife.
“Even when she got sick and I was trying to keep her in bed, and just try to get her to rest, I talked to her about it maybe being time to stop pumping, she’d been pumping to be able to feed him with a bottle and she refused,” Michael recalled.