In Memory of Michal Lura Friedman
While traveling in Europe this week we learned online that a new mom died from a pregnancy-related complication on November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving, right in my own backyard at NYU's Langone Medical Center.
Michal Lura Friedman gave birth to twins, Jackson James and Reverie Vivian at 5pm via c-section and died just a couple hours later.
While all the details were not available, hearing this news brings an issue that I work on everyday even closer to home.
The reality of a mother losing her life after giving life to two babies is tragic on so many levels. I've been reading the accounts of friends, loved ones and the team that tried to save her and every one of them is reeling from the loss of this woman. I too feel the loss of Michal even though I never knew her. In the midst of grief, however, there are two newborn babies to consider. Her husband, Jay, is a first time father of twins that he will now be raising on his own. While there are essential needs that only a mother can provide, we can do our best to help support him with the rest.
This family needs our help.
"Many of you know 'Michal the Girl' as a musician, but her greatest dream was to be a mother."
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