Nik Richie: I Held and Named Our Son After His Death
While Nik Richie is still standing vigil as his wife, Shayne Lamas, recovers from emergency surgery, he’s had to do one of the most difficult things a parent can imagine: say goodbye to the baby he and his wife lost.
Shayne suffered a pregnancy complication requiring surgery that caused her to miscarry the couple’s 20-week-old fetus last week, and is recovering in the hospital after being put into a medically-induced coma.
While his wife was fighting for her life, Nik tragically had to say goodbye to the child the couple lost, after being asked by hospital staff if he wanted to meet his unborn child.
After responding in the affirmative, Nik was told by staffers that the baby was a boy, and was led into a room where he held his son as hospital employees and support staff prayed for him.
In an effort to gain closure, Nik named his child before putting him to rest. The web entrepreneur chose Rex Jagger, or R.J. for short.
In a letter given to TMZ, Nik tells his son, “God has a plan for us all. He gave me an amazing son who will always watch over our family. You saved your mother’s life with your passing and I will never forget how much this means to me, R.J. In family, we sacrifice for each other. You gave your life for us. You showed me how to love.”
Our hearts go out to Shayne and Nik during this incredibly difficult time.