Country star Randy Rogers opened up about his daughter’s death in a very candid interview with People Magazine. The singer and his wife, Chelsea, were over the moon to welcome their third daughter into the world, but their happiness turned to unthinkable tragedy soon after the baby arrived.
Rumer Rain was diagnosed with a very rare brain condition called nonketotic hyperglycinemia, which affects 1-in-66,000 newborns in the U.S. each year. Rumer died when she was just six-days-old.
“She wouldn’t eat and she wouldn’t wake up. She was very lethargic, she never opened her eyes. We kept getting assurances from the doctors and nurses – a lot of babies think they’re still in mommy’s belly and they don’t want to wake up for a day or eat – but then Rumer went to the NICU about eight hours after her birth. They started running test after test and nothing was wrong with her. It was a six-day process. It was heart-wrenching and grueling not knowing what was wrong. She was put on a feeding tube pretty early on because she couldn’t eat or swallow, then she decided to stop breathing and we had to put her on a vent.”
Country star Randy Rogers is still coping with his daughter’s death. He and his wife have tried to stay as positive as they can, and say that they will likely try to have another baby in the future. The couple has been advised to take precautions before getting pregnant again.
“Chelsea and I always thought that we were two peas in a pod. Turns out literally we are, genetically; we have the same exact recessed gene. The odds are astronomical… We’ll just have to do in vitro fertilization. There will need to be genetic screening and genetic testing done before the implantation of the fertilized egg. It’s given us a lot of joy and hope knowing that it is possible for us to do this; it’s just going to have to be a different route than the traditional one.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Rumer Rain died on June 9 at Memorial Hospital in Austin, Texas. Randy made the heartbreaking announcement on Facebook just days after sharing a sweet photo of his new baby girl.
According to NewsOXY, the couple had been planning a memorial in honor of their daughter. The couple has said wonderful things about being able to be with their little girl around the clock for the six days of her life, and say that they are “passionate” about hospitals having systems in place that give parents support in times of need.
The country star’s daughter’s death is simply heartbreaking.
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