MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - After a long weekend with family and brothers, I get into emails this morning and see one from Hudson Sylvestre's mom... and one from her brother. Amy's email was written from a mother in pain. Her brother's was a note of respect for his little sister.
Sweet Hudson, the Mooresville 8-month-old born with half a heart, died March 20th. Palm Sunday.
"We will miss our boy every day for the rest of our lives," Amy wrote. "We'll have a service for him but are going to wait a little while as our lives have been turned upside down."
I first wrote about Hudson last month. (Read that here). His family moved to Philadelphia fast, in an attempt to get him the best care they could find. They left their jobs. They're now left with all the grief.
Read more here >> www.facebook.com/hudsonsheart
"As he left, we told him that we are the luckiest parents in the whole world because he is our boy," Amy wrote. "We tried everything under the sun to get him healthy, and to get to keep him. Hudson will forever be part of our very being and a member of our family."
His immediate family includes Amy, dad Corey and big brother Graham.
In a way, Hudson will also be a part of another family forever because Amy and Corey donated his heart. And that's what Amy's big brother, Bradley, wrote about. He posted the following on Facebook.
"My little sister is amazing. She gave birth to a child with half a heart. This would normally be fine, because Amy has more heart than any ten people I know. Thing is, the Universe doesn't work that way. It should... but doesn't.
"This post isn't so much for Hudson as it is for everyone to know the true depth of awesome, depth of incredible, that is my sister.
"When she was saying goodbye, when that blade of gut wrench was brightest, they asked if she would allow them to do a final investigation which would help other families down the road, would she give Hudson's heart away so others could be saved and trained by it?
"She said, 'If it'll help other families not go through this, then I am okay with it'.
"This post is about making the absolute absurdity of this world beautiful. I can see why Hudson hung on as long as he did. It's hard to leave such an incredible mom.
"My little sister never stops amazing me with her grace, humility and humanity."
Wow. Of all the notes that come across email, rarely is it one from an uncle of one of our special ?#MollysKids, wanting to make sure we all know the amazingness of that child's mother.
Really wanted to share this.
Thanks, Bradley, for writing. Thank YOU, Amy, for sharing Hudson with us all in these posts and giving the most selfless gift of all with your son's heart.