32-year-old Missouri mother dies of COVID-19, family needs breast milk for baby – Community News

32-year-old Missouri mother dies of COVID-19, family needs breast milk for baby

OAK GROVE, Mo. – An Oak Grove mother has died of COVID-19 complications after her entire family contracted the virus.

Megan Richards, 32, died Monday. She left behind six children. One of them is only 5 months old and survived hospitalization for the virus herself. Her husband, Michael Richards, said the loss he is feeling is immeasurable and needs help to keep baby Myles healthy.

Her family hopes Megan’s story will remind others that the virus is still there.

Being a mother made Megan’s life whole. It filled her with joy.

‘She’s a great mother. It’s all about her kids,” said mother-in-law, Lisa Tracy.

Megan and Michael have six children in their blended family. The couple reconnected through Facebook about six years ago and went to school together. Their oldest child is 13 years old, all the way to baby Myles.

“From the moment we met her, she was family. You are my daughter. That’s all,” Tracy said.

On November 9, they noticed that the children were starting to get sick, and then Mom and Dad. They all got COVID-19. Michael says that while Megan was sick, her main focus was making sure her children were taken care of.

“I was trying to keep the kids busy and make sure she got some rest and she tried to make sure I got some rest and it was stressful,” Richards said.

Baby Myles struggled and was treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital for dehydration on Sunday, but was able to come home after receiving fluids. On Monday, Megan’s health took a turn for the worse.

“She was still breastfeeding. So try to make her stay in bed. And rest was hard because she, she just wanted to do everything. But I think it was three or four days. And after her positive test, she started to get really sick,” said Richards.

She told her husband she had to go to the hospital, but didn’t think she would make it. He entered the living room and found her on the floor.

“It was scary. I couldn’t wake her up and she wouldn’t answer, and I didn’t know what to do,” Richards said.

They thought her health would improve once she was in the hospital, but it continued to deteriorate. Doctors told Michael her heart was having trouble and she died Monday at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

She was not vaccinated, but her family said they encourage others to make the choice.

“I’m sorry I didn’t push her to get it,” Richards said.

Now Michael said he will keep the memories of her dear.

“I’d tell her I loved her more than anything,” Richards said. “They had the best mother ever. She did everything for them, and she lived without regrets and she put them above anyone else.”

Tracy has set up a Gofundme to help Michael and the kids through this difficult time. If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

Michael said they also have a great need for breast milk for Myles. He said Megan had a few stocked up but they are going through and will need more soon. If you can help, you can contact Megan’s sister Brittany Taylor at [email protected] or Lisa directly through her email at [email protected]

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