BLISS — After just a few weeks on Earth, premature Bliss baby Uriah Goff died early Saturday morning.
Uriah died at 1:59 a.m., mother Alysen Springer wrote in an email to the Times-News.
Uriah was born at 27 weeks gestation — 13 weeks early — on Dec. 11. He weighed 1 pound 7 ounces, and measured 12.4 inches.
He was receiving care at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Boise. His original due date was March 6.
Uriah’s great-grandfather, Danny Reed of Hollister, originally set up an online GoFundMe page to help the family with medical expenses. Now, he’s encouraging community members to use that page to help cover the cost of a funeral.
Uriah underwent surgery Wednesday, where he had 25 percent of his intestines removed, Reed said. The boy had a follow-up surgery Friday to check on it.
“There wasn’t anything they could do,” he said.
Lots of family members were in Boise on Friday and Saturday to lend their support, Reed said.
The baby’s father, Tyler Goff, has two other children from a prior relationship, but Uriah is the first child for the Bliss couple. Springer and Goff have been friends since they were students at Filer High School.
During her pregnancy, Springer went to Boise to see a specialist Dec. 8, expecting to formulate a medical plan to help with her son’s growth. But she found out her body wasn’t coping well with the pregnancy.
A doctor told her: “You’re not leaving the hospital being pregnant,” Springer told the Times-News last week.
Her liver was in distress. She had an emergency C-section.
It was a roller coaster ride after that. Uriah wasn’t taking to feedings at first and needed a blood transfusion. But he was making progress.
Now, the family is looking for help to ensure their baby boy is remembered.