Dad dies hours after holding son for first time

Happy couple ... Josh and Erica Robison on their wedding day, 18 months ago.
Happy couple ... Josh and Erica Robison on their wedding day, 18 months ago. 

A young father lost his life just hours after holding his newborn son for the first time. 

Josh Robison, of Utah, came down with flu-like symptoms while visiting his parents with his pregnant wife, Erica, over Thanksgiving.

"Saturday afternoon, he got a headache and started throwing up and was just sick," his mother, Jodi, told a local news station.

Josh Robison during his short time with his son, Logan.
Josh Robison during his short time with his son, Logan. 

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital, where doctors discovered he had a staph infection.

"It took a few days until they traced that to a valve in his heart," Jodi said. He then had open-heart surgery to replace the infected valve.

Josh, a university student and Mormon seminary teacher, seemed to be recovering well after the surgery. He was even able to be with his wife of 18 months when she gave birth to their son Logan at the same hospital last Thursday.

After some precious time with his son, however, Josh complained of a headache.

He was taken for a CAT scan but “that's when he lost consciousness”, Jodi said. 

It was discovered he had bleeding in his brain, and although doctors rushed him for surgery, nothing could be done. 

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The new dad was taken off life support on Friday night.    

Friends of the family soon started a fundraising page on giveforward.com, allowing others to donate to the family’s medical bills and ongoing costs after Josh’s death. 

Erica has shared a few thoughts on the Give Forward page, writing, “[Josh] was able to hold [our baby] for about 10 minutes and was immediately in love. He wanted the name Logan Joshua.” 

“This is without question the most difficult experience of my life, but it has warmed my heart to be so overwhelmed with love and support from friends and strangers alike,” she added. 

“My heart aches and I miss him dearly every moment of the day, but I also know he will be with me and our son every step of our lives and we will return to him again.”

The campaign has already raised US$68,000 and is nearing its $100,000 goal – a fact Josh’s mum say is “awe-inspiring and inspirational”.

While the first – and last – time her son spent with his child was all too brief, she is able to look on the bright side.  

"It was a miracle," she said.

It's not known what caused the staph infection or brain bleed in the young dad. 

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