Three-month-old Reece Modzelewski slipped out of his babysitter’s grasp and hit his head on the floor. He was given a prognosis at the hospital of brain damage so severe that even if he managed to come around he would not have any quality of life. His parents made the excruciating decision to take him off life support on Friday
The babysitter has not been identified by police and so far no charges have been filed though they say they will investigate.
The infant, three-month-old Reece Modzelewski, was at home with his babysitter in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on Tuesday when she said he slipped from her grasp and fell to the floor, hitting his head.
Paramedics were immediately dispatched but the little boy was unconscious.
He was rushed to the hospital, but given a ‘very poor prognosis’ and his parents were told he had severe brain damage, according to a family friend’s fundraising page raising money for a memorial bench or tree.
On Friday, his parents, Mark Modzelewski, 32, and Nicole Nicastro, 34, of Carteret, made the difficult decision to take him off life support and he died at 12.03pm, according to NJ.com.
‘There isn’t anything more the doctors can do. Even if he wakes up he will have no quality of life; not being able to walk, talk or function on his own. This is the one of the hardest decisions anyone will ever have to make,’ wrote family member Benjamin DiFranco on a separate fundraiser to help with expenses.
Reece was their only child.
‘My little baby boy is dying and there’s nothing I can do to help or comfort him,’ Mark Modzelewski wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. ‘I don’t know if he can hear, see, taste or touch anymore. My heart has been torn out of my chest.
‘A second of misfortune will turn into a lifetime of pain as is the case with most tragedies. The fact that this happening so close to Christmas and right between both of our birthdays will only make it more difficult.
‘He is such a friendly, smiling and happy baby and we gave him all the love we could… I love you Reece and hopefully there’s a heaven so I’ll be able to see your goofy little smile again someday.’
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