Oakland A Pitcher Pat Neshek’s Baby Dies 23 Hours After Birth
After happily announcing the birth of his newborn son Gehrig John Neshek, Oakland A pitcher Pat Neshek tragically announced the baby’s death less than a day later.
Neshek announced the birth of his son via Twitter, calling it “the sweetest play off birth of my career.” Unfortunately, 23 hours later, the baby passed away for no apparent reason.
“Please pray for my family,” Neshek wrote. “Tonight my wife and I lost our first and only son 23 hours after he was born with no explanation.”
There has been no further explanation or details on this case.
“This happens sometimes,” explained Dr. Edward Bell, University of Iowa professor. “Fortunately, it’s very rare.
It’s going to be important to have an inquiry into what may have precipitated the event. That may be very helpful for the parents if they are looking for answers — if not spare them the heartbreak. But at least it will give them some idea of why it happened.”
“There are a lot of things that can threaten the life of a newborn, including birth defects, infection, genetic disease and even unfortunate things like accidents and suffocation,” Bell also added.
“Our hearts go out to Pat and Stephanee and we share in their sorrow of losing their young son,” the Oakland A’s said in a statement. “The entire A’s organization will keep the Neshek family in our prayers and thoughts, as they try to come to grips with this tragic occurrence in their lives.”