‘Barely a week old’: Parents say they still fear the worst about ‘unbearable’ newborn syndrome
A few days after a newborn boy died after contracting the virus, a South Carolina couple said their first thought was that the infection was a “brave and beautiful” moment.
But when they saw his father’s body in a hospital morgue, they became even more concerned.
They told local news outlets that they felt a “deep sadness” when they realized they had no way of knowing how the infection came to be in their son, who was just three months old.
“We were like, ‘Whoa, what happened?'” the father, James Sager, told ABC News.
“It was a shock.
We were just so relieved.
He was alive.
It was just a terrible day.”
The couple, who have three other children, said they have been left with “a deep sadness and a deep fear.”
“We’re just so upset,” said Sager.
“We’re still reeling.”
Sager, 46, and his wife, Amy, 44, said their baby boy, who is named Isaiah, was born prematurely at home in March after he was hospitalized for the virus.
Sager said Isaiah was rushed to a local hospital where he died, but his parents did not know his full condition until after he had passed away.
Sagers and Amy said their only concern was the lack of communication from the hospital to them.
“At first we thought maybe they were going to give us some kind of update about him, but we just never heard from them,” Amy Sager said.
“Then when we saw his body, we were like [we have no idea what’s going on].”
It’s just heartbreaking.
It’s really heartbreaking.
“The Sagers have since called their local hospital, and they said they spoke to several nurses and doctors.”
I feel bad for them.
But they added that they feel “like we’ve got a responsibility” to make sure their son’s health is cared for.”
It’s heartbreaking to be on the other end of that call, and the person who’s in charge of your baby’s health.”
But they added that they feel “like we’ve got a responsibility” to make sure their son’s health is cared for.
Amy Sager added that she had been “proud” of the couple for raising Isaiah and had not thought about it in the past.
“When we started raising Isaiah, I felt like it was my duty to make it better for our family,” she said.
“But I think now that we’re not there, it’s our duty to really make sure he’s cared for.”