New Jersey parents of a baby who suffered a cardiac arrest at home say they are “stupefied” and heartbroken over the death of their baby.
The parents have said their child’s death at a family care facility in Camden was preventable.
The baby died Saturday night after a “very serious accident,” according to NJ.com, which is owned by the family.
The infant’s mother was rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening medical condition and died later Saturday.
“The parents are devastated and they’re stunned,” said Jessica and James Kastel, whose son, Ethan, was born in August.
“They just can’t believe it’s happened.
They’re just shocked.
It’s just heart-wrenching.”
“It’s just gut-wreaking,” said James Kaczynski, Ethan’s father.
“It breaks your heart to know that you’re in the position where you have a baby and you have to worry about the care of the baby.”
Kastellys mother was transported to the emergency room in Camden and died the next day, according to the family’s attorney, Michael Kasteli.
They said they have no reason to believe she died as a result of an infection or drugs or a medical condition.
Kastela told NJ.org Ethan died Saturday at his father’s home in Camden, N.J. A spokesperson for the hospital said the cause of death is still under investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by the death and will do everything in our power to assist our family in any way possible,” said Dr. Daniel Moseley in a statement to NJ Advance Media.
The Kastels have also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.
The family has also set a Go Fund Me page for Ethan’s grandmother, who is in the hospital.
“Our heart goes out to the grandmother, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure they’re okay,” said Kastelli.
“When you see a heart like ours, it’s hard to believe that it’s a normal human heart.”
The couple told NJ Advance that the child’s parents are “very, very upset” over the situation.
“I don’t know if we’re in shock,” said Jess Kasteller.
“He was a very good boy.
I’ve known him since he was a little girl.
He was just so kind and loving.”