A 24-year-old Utah college student died on Friday December 13th 2013 just after the birth of his first child.
Josh Robison, 24, was a student at Brigham Young University and taught at Lone Peak High School’s LDS Seminary. His mother said he was enjoying married life and anticipating the birth of his son.
Robinson spent Thanksgiving with his family in Fillmore, Utah. That weekend, he came down with flu-like symptoms. What began with a simple headache ended with doctors trying desperately, but failing, to keep the young dad from slipping away.
Doctors eventually discovered he was suffering from a treatable staph infection, according to KSL.com.
‘It took a few days until they traced that to a valve in his heart,’ said Robinson’s grieving mother Jodi Robison.
But when they did discover the infection was in his heart, doctors acted fast. Josh underwent surgery to replace his heart valve. At first, everything seemed great.
‘He was improving, and they were quite pleased,’ Jodi said.
Robinson had recovered enough by December 12 to be there for the birth of his son, who he and Erica named Logan. But soon after holding his son for the first and only time, Josh complained of a headache.
‘When they took him down to the CAT scan, that’s when he lost consciousness,’ Jodi said.
Robinson had suffered bleeding in his brain, the cause of which still remains a mystery.
Doctors rushed him to the OR, but he would never wake up. The new father was taken off life support on Friday night.
Despite her horrific emotional roller coaster, Josh’s mother remains grateful her son got to meet his own child.
‘It’s not so overwhelming as it is awe-inspiring and inspirational,’ she told KSL. ‘It was a miracle.’
‘This is without question the most difficult experience of my life, but it has warmed my heart to be so overwhelmed with love and support from friends and strangers alike,’ Erica said in a statement.