The Accurso Family
There are no words to describe the pain and heartbreak felt by so many. Most especially for Matt and their girls Ali, Naomi, and Layne, and their new baby boy, Matthew, who are deeply grieving the loss of their most precious wife and mom.
Lauren passed away while in childbirth from what has been determined so far to be an unpreventable and very rare medical emergency.
Lauren & Matt's dear new son, baby Matthew went to Heaven to be with Jesus after weeks on life support in the NICU.
"Earlier this evening baby Matthew, held by his dad, surrounded by his close family as they worshipped and prayed, stepped into eternity to meet Jesus and his momma. Thank you for continuing to pray and support this family during this difficult time. They are so grateful for your prayers and your support.
“we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” - Hebrews 6."
- Matt's Pastor
This is Daddy Matt's message about baby Matthew:
“I want to start out by letting everyone know how thankful I am for each and every person around the world who has been lifting me, Lauren, my daughters, my son Matthew and the rest of our family up in prayer. The texts and emails have given us more encouragement and hope than you will ever know. Please know that we would love to connect with each and every one of you but the circumstances make that nearly impossible. We read each message and see each gift of support and we are SO honored by all of them.
Today was one of the hardest days of my life. It will forever be etched in my brain. I sat in a room at Wolfsons hospital with 15 highly qualified medical professionals who all care deeply for our son Matthew. Unfortunately, the last thing I ever thought I would have to talk about as a father was now very real and happening.
For those of you who may not know, Matthew is suffering from significant brain injury due to a prolonged period without oxygen during his birth.
As a result, several serious complications related to cognitive function and development have become a reality for Matthew. At this time Matthew is being supported by a breathing machine requiring an airway tube, and also a feeding tube. Based on the severity of his condition Matthew will not be able to sustain life without these medical devices in place, what we would typically describe as “life support”. Over the past few weeks doctors have attempted to wean him off the machines, but sadly the results have not been positive.
Upon hearing this news, My first reaction as Matthews daddy was to sweep my sweet boy up and carry him as far away from machines, medications, life support and hospital smells as I could. I wanted to whisk him away to our family condo on the beach and let the healing kisses of his sisters, grandmas and cousins cleanse his little body of all his infirmities, but as life sometimes does, I was brought back down to the reality that my only son, the sweet boy that my wife so diligently and lovingly carried for 9 months is in a situation that daddy could not fix. The ONLY hope in all of this could only come from his heavenly daddy who placed breathe in Matthews lungs from the very beginning.
TODAY, I was faced with something no father should ever have to face. The decision to place Matthew on endless life supporting contraptions and medications or allow God to carry him where He will. So many thoughts have run through my head. “What more can I give Lord, you have my soul mate and now my son? That is all I can bear. Please shower your mercy over me. This weight is too great!”
Some will hear our story and think, what an awful tragedy.
Some will think, where is God when we need him?
Some will say, see, miracles don’t happen.
But do you want the truth? Matthew is a living miracle. See, Matthews coming into the world was far from normal. The minute his mommy took her last breath Matthew was thrust from the most peaceful world one could ever know into a chaotic frenzy to save his mother and him.
Without an ounce of oxygen he made it in an ambulance, to an emergency room, through an emergency c-section and into a NICU. Matthew then defied all odds and opened his eyes, breathed on his own, pumped blood through his strong heart, moved his limbs without rigidity and even made coo noises. His body slowly began to function, and he even gripped my finger when from what we were told, that should have been impossible.
Often times we consider things miracles when the miracle looks how we want it to look. What I’ve learned is that miracles are miracles whether we choose to see them or not. My miracle was having my soul mate by my side for almost 20 years and then being so blessed to give her 4 gorgeous babies.
My miracle is holding my son for as many precious moments as possible and when the time comes, lifting him up to his mommy so that she can hold him for the first time in paradise.
Thank you so much for all of the love and support that you have showered Matthew and our family with. It is because of your prayers that we have been able to have the sweetest family times around Matthew.
I would be so grateful for your prayers in the coming days as we work with the doctors and medical staff and plan to see Matthew off to his mommy and Heavenly Father.”
Many have asked how they can help and this is one way we can meet some of the needs for this dear family.
Much love, friends & family of Lauren & Matt
Some words about Lauren from her beautiful Celebration of Life service:
"On April 29th 2019, Lauren Louise Accurso was carried into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while giving birth to her baby boy. She was a native of St Augustine born August 15, 1981 to Steve and Louise. She was a graduate of SAHS and graduated with honors from FSU. She married her high school sweetheart, Matthew Accurso, in 2004 and together they have four beautiful children. Lauren was an accomplished entrepreneur as the founder of Cre8 Design. Her mission was to help bring order out of chaos in people’s homes and hearts. She willingly laid this aside to pursue what she considered to be her calling in life… a wife and mother. Her faith touched every aspect of her life. The people who loved her most would describe her as loyal, compassionate, eclectically creative, deep thinker, full of wisdom, joyous, fun loving, and full of grace."
Continued prayers are needed for baby Matthew, who is still in the NICU.
Thankyou for your love, prayers, concern, and support during this heartbreaking time.
This is a message from Lauren's parents, Louise & Steve:
"My heart is full of so many emotions right now. But seeing the love & support of so many people who have made these donations in memory of our sweet Lauren and her family eases our pain. It brings great joy to see how Lauren & Matt have touched so many lives. We are trusting that The Lord will bring many blessings out of this tragedy and the witness of their faith will bring others to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our family can’t thank you enough for your generous help, support and mostly your prayers!!
Love, Louise & Steve"
Please continue to lift baby Matthew up in prayer.
This update is from Matt's pastor:
"Thank you to everyone who has been praying constantly for miracles in Matthews body. Matt is so grateful for all the messages of support and the way everyone is rallying around this baby and their family.
The final brain scan / MRI test results will be known soon and the neurologist’s / Infant Brain specialists who are covering baby Matthews case are working to get him the best possible care.
The great news right now is that His vitals are strong, He is doing well breathing & he is DIGESTING FOOD like a champ which is incredible and we are praising God for that.
*Please pray specifically for those test results & for wisdom for the doctors and the specialists.
*Please pray that Baby Matthews growth continues and he keeps passing food and and breathing well and developing as he should be
*Please keep praying for Matt (dad) for strength and for wisdom in these days both at home and at the hospital.
Let’s keep praying and believing for miracles in this week!"
This picture is of Matt holding his son for the first time!