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.
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.