Couple whose son died at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth helps grieving families

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Scott and Erica Morin spent less than an hour with their newborn son, Kevin, before he passed away.

“My son Kevin was going to be born with a genetic disorder. The likelihood of him surviving was very slim,” said Scott Morin.

Kevin was born at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth nearly 2 years ago.

He lived for 43 minutes.

Now they are creating baskets to help families make the most of that precious time.

“We took three months to really prepare for that. Plan for what we wanted him to wear. The blanket we wanted him to have,” said Scott.

“I kinda wanted something to pass the time and help my own grief. I think that’s all I really thought about,” said Erica.

Erica left the hospital with a box of Kevin’s things.

Now, she’s filling boxes that could preserve those precious memories.

“We put a bracelet in for the mothers to wear. We also put in a hat and blanket because I know the blanket and hat that Kevin had, you just like to have something your baby touched,” said Erica.

Erica says hospitals have expressed the need for the above items.

“When you lose your baby. And all you walk out with is a box. It’s an important box,” said Erica.

The Morins are also fundraising for a caring cradle.

They want to donate it and 50 boxes to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

“It’s basically a refrigerated cradle. It keeps the internal part of the cradle at 42 degrees so when the mother and family isn’t holding the baby. It allows the baby to be preserved,” said Scott.

The Morins say most hospitals don’t have a caring cradle and it allows for parents to spend more time with their late newborn.

To donate to their cause, click here. 

For more information on Boxes for Kevin, click here.

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