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Hundreds of people donate breast milk after Missouri mother of 6 dies of COVID

OAK GROVE, Mo. – A few weeks ago, FOX4 told you about a mother of 6 who died from COVID-19. Her family asked to be informed of their breast milk needs, and FOX4 viewers approved.

Megan Richards’ family says the response from the community has been huge. Mothers across the country have banded together to help give Myles some sense of normalcy.

The bond between mother and child is unbreakable. Myles Richards had known his mother, Megan, for the first four months of his life.

His aunt, Brittany Taylor, said Richards loved her son very much. She will be on the moon to know everyone tried to help Myles.

“I don’t think my sister knows how much she really is loved. I think she’s going to be really excited,” Taylor said.

Megan died of COVID-19 almost a month ago. She had a husband, Michael Richards, and six children. Her youngest child, Myles, was still nursing when she died.

After the FOX4 story, Taylor said hundreds of people had reached out from all over the subway and the country.

“Just with your story, we’ve got people from Texas and Minnesota. I had someone from Indiana ask that day, but actually all over the Metro, I spoke to women from Platte City. I talked to the women from Leawood,” Taylor said.

Mothers like Taryn McNelly and Melissa Gerke.

“It was just a great feeling just because I was able to not only see my daughter but also help someone that led to such a tragedy. I can’t even imagine dealing with that,” McNelly said.

“I can’t even imagine what they’re going through. I hope this makes their lives a little easier, maybe a little light coming through when it gets really dark,” said Gerke.

Both women donated about 300 oz. per person and say about five oz. make a bottle. One family even donated a freezer to help take care of the volume. Taylor says they are grateful to every woman who has donated to Myles. While he will never get his mother back, hundreds of mothers are making sure he is taken care of.

“It was hard to start our grieving process, so that we could be there for the kids and put the pieces together when she was such a complex body. She is the glue that holds the family together,” Taylor said.

Although there are sources of support, the family still needs to contribute, especially breast milk that can be freeze-dried and preserved.

Family set up a GoFundMe . Page to help Michael and the kids get through this difficult time.

Anyone who can help with breast milk donations can email Brittany Taylor, Megan’s sister at brittany.eppenauer@gmail.com, or Lisa at lisatracy615@yahoo.com.

https://fox4kc.com/news/hundreds-offer-breast-milk-to-help-oak-grove-family-of-mother-who-died-of-covid-19/ Hundreds of people donate breast milk after Missouri mother of 6 dies of COVID

JACLYN DIAZ

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