MMA Fighter Marcus Kowal: Broken After Watching His Son Die
MMA fighter Marcus Kowal is heartbroken after he and his partner decided to remove their 15-month-old son Liam from life support. The grief and the trauma for the couple are inexplicable to just mention in mere words.Advertisement
For parent’s who have lost their kids, it’s very relatable. Hearing this dad’s version of his son’s death, however, is still very heart wrenching.
“Being a father is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. But I can’t … I have never felt more pain,” Kowal said while speaking to People.
Marcus Kowal added that “nothing comes even remotely close to seeing his infant son die in front of him.
The baby who did not even know about worldly things was out for a walk in his stroller with his teen aunt when an accident happened. Liam and his 15-year-old aunt were struck by a car while crossing the street on Thursday, Sep.8, according to investigators.
Officers, who found the two victims in the street near the crosswalk, said Liam was “pulseless and not breathing.” The teen suffered leg injuries.
Little Liam was transferred to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. But, he was declared brain dead after a host battery of tests by doctors.
The MMA fighter Marcus Kowal from MMA Heat and his partner Mishel Eder took less than a minute to take the poignant decision. Little Liam was removed from life support on Sunday.
Kowal told how the entire process of tests by the doctors was a torture for him and Mishel. The couple was hoping against hope that their baby son will “show some kind of movement, so that he can remain on life support and have a fighting chance.”
Marcus Kowal said that he and Mishel wanted to sit in a room and cry as Liam did not make any movement or a “small twitch.”
Little Liam was killed by 72-year-old Donna Marie Higgins, due to drunken driving. However, even after killing an infant she has gone scot free. She was released after posting a $100,000 bail, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.
But, for Liam’s parents the entire week has been horrific, a bad dream. The little boy’s funeral is scheduled for Monday.
But, Liam’s death has given his parents Marcus Kowal and Mishel a new purpose, a mission in life. “We’ve decided to turn his passing into something positive. We are going to keep fighting until this country adopts a zero tolerance policy towards drunk driving,” said Kowal, trying to fight back tears.
Kowal wants to launch a non-profit organization in Liam’s name that will “help people impacted by drunken driving in the future.” A GoFundMe campaign has already generated more than $120,000 in donations for that very cause, Time reports.
#Grateful #Repost @alexthemauler with @repostapp ・・・ It's with sadness I read about what happened to little Liam Kowal😢. This makes me so sad and angry and I can't imagine how his parents feel in this sad moment. Please, don't drink and drive, don't allow anyone you know drink and drive. And I hope that person who did this will get the hardest punishment the law can give out. RIP Liam and my condolences Marcus and Mishel. ❤️ For everyone who wish to contribute for the memorial fund of little Liam, please visit link in bio, any amount of contribution will be helpful to the family in this tough moment: #ripliamkowal #dontdrinkanddrive
The support we have received from the Martial Arts world is unreal. From #BJJ to #KravMaga to MMA. Tears are running down my cheeks as I look at this picture of my little boy and read the message from @bashboxing and @cxf_mma #Repost @bashboxing with @repostapp ・・・ Our event #Sept10th will be dedicated entirely to the memory of Liam Kowal. If you have been to one of our fights chances are you know Marcus Kowal. To know the man, is to love the man. As the owner of @systemstrainingcenter and @systemstcencino Marcus is a huge part of our family. Fewer men posses a better attitude or general love of life than Mac. Today we received the worst news imaginable. His 15 month old son, Liam, was tragically killed when he was hit by a drunk driver yesterday afternoon. While in his stroller, Liam and his Aunt were in the crosswalk when an SUV barreled through them before fleeing the scene. Liam bravely, and valiantly fought for his life, but ended up succumbing to his injuries. At this time, all we can do is support Marcus, his wife Mishel and Liam's Aunt who was also injured in the accident. In order to do so, we will be donating a portion of every ticket sold to a fund in Liam's memory, that will be set aside for the family….We will also be holding a silent auction of some very high quality signed boxing and #MMA merchandise with the proceeds also being collected for the family. Please continue to pray for Marcus, Mishel and their family…..CXF4 Crossroads is now CXF "For Liam" #prayersforliamkowal #CXFForLiam #weareone @mrlightsout21 @bashboxing @lightsout_promotion @theclinchreport @custom_t_shirt_printing