‘Miracle’ baby whose mother died during childbirth to be taken off life support

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Dr Matthew Accurso with his newborn son Matthew Jr, and his late wife Lauren, who died during childbirth on April 29. Matthew Jr is set to have his life support switched off after suffering terrible brain damage during the traumatic labor (Pictures: GoFundMe)

A baby whose survival was hailed as ‘miraculous’ after his mother died during childbirth is to be taken off life support.

Matthew Accurso Jr suffered terrible brain damage after being starved of oxygen during the April 29 delivery which saw his mother Lauren Accurso, 37, die.

The newborn managed to open his eyes, breathe on his own and pump blood through his heart after the difficult birth.

His dad, Dr Matthew Accurso, from Rosemary Beach in Florida added: ‘His body slowly began to function, and he even gripped my finger when from what we were told, that should have been impossible.’

But tragically, baby Matthew took a turn for the worse, with attempts to wean him off life support proving unsuccessful.

Lauren and Matthew Accurso pictured with their three daughters before baby Matthew was born

That prompted his father – who had three daughters with his late wife – to take the heartbreaking decision to switch Matthew Jr’s ventilator off.

Writing on GoFundMe, Dr Accurso said: ‘TODAY, I was faced with something no father should ever have to face.

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‘The decision to place Matthew on endless life supporting contraptions and medications or allow God to carry him where He will.

‘So many thoughts have run through my head. “What more can I give Lord, you have my soul mate and now my son? That is all I can bear. Please shower your mercy over me. This weight is too great.”‘

Dr Accurso also insisted that he still saw his baby son as a miracle, explaining: ‘My miracle is holding my son for as many precious moments as possible and when the time comes, lifting him up to his mommy so that she can hold him for the first time in paradise.

People magazine reported that the Accursos were high school sweethearts who wed in 2004. Their daughters are aged two, five and eight.

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