On May 12, 2017, they shared through a gender reveal with their children that they would be getting a new baby brother.
We shared shared their journey through social media of the love they shared for each other, and their children including the one on the way.
On June 20, 2017, Stephanie was sent to West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA due to complications from the pregnancy. They were told that her blood pressure had spiked, she tested positive for preeclampsia, her blood platlet count had dropped, there was no amniotic fluid around Carter, and that he may have to make an early exit to save them both.
At 26 weeks, Carter Joseph Racicot was born at 15 oz. via c-section. He was breathing and cried out on his own. Even though the odds were less than 3% that he would make it, he was a fighter. He would surprise us with his strength to breathe on his own, then have to utilize a ventilator. His kidney's wouldn't produce urine, his glucose wouldn't stabilize, there was a large opening in his heart, he had several brain bleeds, his white blood cell count was up. But then the murmur was unable to be heard from his heart, he gained weight, he opened his eyes, and his oxygen level shot up to 96%. Defying the odds, and despite all the scares, he had made it to two weeks old.
On July 7, Stephanie and Ryan made the announcement with very heavy hearts that their dear son Carter passed away that morning.
"We were called in early this morning as he was struggling and his heart rate was dropping. We unfortunately did not make it in time to see him, but we were on the phone with the nurses as they worked on him the whole way there. They did all they could to save him, but he was just too small to continue on. We are heartbroken, but with the help of all of you we know we will find the strength to get through this together."
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As you can imagine, the expenses that this family has endured is enormous. Between medical bills, travel, lost wages, and now funeral expenses, they could use the help and support of their family and friends now more than ever. They have such a long road ahead. Please consider donating any amount that you can spare to this family. Ryan and Stephanie are amazing people, with a love for each other and their children that can be seen in their faces and heard in any interaction that you have with them. I ask that you look within your hear to help them, as I know they would do the same if the situation was reversed.
In addition, please pray for the peace that passes all understanding that only our loving Father can bring them. May they find comfort knowing that Carter is sleeping in the arms of Jesus tonight, and that one day they will get to kiss his sweet face again.
Carter Joseph Racicot of Wintersville, OH passed away July 7, 2017 at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
He was born June 22, 2017 in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA to Ryan Racicot and Stephanie Moon.
He survived by three brothers Roman DiMarzio, Brayden, Cameron and a sister Abbie Racicot all at home, maternal grandparents Faye and Linda Moon, paternal grandparents Loretta Barber and Ron Racicot, several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Services will be held privately.