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Mother donates breast milk after son dies of SIDS

Posted at 11:19 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-19 00:30:15-04

A Norfolk mom has turned her heartbreak into something positive. After losing her son Briggs to SIDS in January she has decided to help others in his name.

Tonight in Omaha, Melissa West delivered a cooler full of breast milk she had frozen for Briggs to a baby boy named Ely and his adoptive mother Alicia Hegwood of McCook, Nebraska. 

Ely is only a few weeks old and was exposed to drugs in utero. He's also dealing with some other health issues and just had surgery at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.

"When I saw that there was some health complications that was something that really touched me because I felt like I could make an impact and Briggs, my son, would have an impact on another baby's life," West told us. 

On addition to Ely, Hegwood has a six-month-old adopted son and may use some of this donation for him too. 

Hegwood told us, "Melissa reached out to me and shared her story about losing her son, and she just wants to keep his memory alive, and I'm just really blessed," she choked up a bit as she continued to say, "that she chose us." 

West and another mother have created The Briggs & Barrett Project to continue spreading positivity to other families in the names of her son and another baby who died of SIDS.