NORFOLK — It was the most tragic moment of their lives, but the Wizceb family uses it to benefit others.
Wyatt Wizceb was stillborn on March 3, 2017.
“Our lives were completely torn apart,” Megan Wizceb said.
Parents Megan and Mike wanted an autopsy to find out what went wrong but they weren’t ready to say goodbye to Wyatt. Enter the Cuddle Cot. The simple tool enables parents to spend time with their baby while still preserving the body.
“I can’t imagine what our life would have been like if we had to say goodbye to Wyatt within six hours of giving birth to him,” Wizceb said.
The Cuddle Cot allowed the Wizceb’s to stay with Wyatt and eased the start of the grieving process.
“It was the most precious thing to be able to have him,” Wizceb said.
And now Norfolk families will have access to a Cuddle Cot. The Wizceb’s say only 10 percent of US hospitals have Cuddle Cots, so they started Wishes for Wyatt to spread the Cots across the country. On Friday, Faith Regional Health Services received a Cot.
FRHS Foundation Director Jake Claussen says the donation allows the hospital to provide another level of comfort.
“We do want to be as supportive as we possibly can for the parents and the extended family when something tragic like that does occur,” Claussen said.
Giving that extra comfort in Wyatt’s name is what brings the cause home for the Wizceb’s.
“Knowing that other families get this support and this comfort and be able to start their grieving process because of something we created in Wyatt’s name is wonderful,” Wizceb said.