Kara Keough, formerly of the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” has had a rough go of things lately. If everything had gone as planned, she’d be enjoying life with her newest son and getting to experience all those wonderful baby and family firsts.
But on April 14 she posted a very unexpected update on Instagram, sharing a photo of a name instead of a newborn baby and detailing the sad news.
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On April 6th, our son McCoy Casey Bosworth was born at 3:10am. Weighing in at 11 pounds and 4 ounces and spanning 21 inches, McCoy surprised us all with his size and strength (and overall perfection). During the course of his birth, he experienced shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord. He joined our Heavenly Father and will live forever in the hearts of his loving parents, his adoring sister, and those that received his life-saving gifts. I wrote this for the organ/tissue procurement team to read out in his honor: “Tonight, we join together to honor this little savior’s gifts of life. Through him, may others find new hope and profound healing… and may he live again through them. May his legacy shine in the form of lifetimes aplenty – lives filled with laughter, compassion, energy, love, and most of all gratitude. May it be said that McCoy Casey Bosworth left this world in a better place, for a better place…. that he made an impact… that he was an answered prayer… that he was a hero. May angels lead him in. Thank you, McCoy.” ——————————————— And Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:20 Until we see you again… We love you, McCoy.
“On April 6th, our son McCoy Casey Bosworth was born at 3:10am,” she wrote. “Weighing in at 11 pounds and 4 ounces and spanning 21 inches, McCoy surprised us all with his size and strength (and overall perfection). During the course of his birth, he experienced shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord.”
“He joined our Heavenly Father and will live forever in the hearts of his loving parents, his adoring sister, and those that received his life-saving gifts.”
Helping other babies to live was a brave and generous move, and it has given an otherwise tragic event a small positive moment. Keough is still grieving, as any mother would, and her posts have been emotional.
“You would have been 3 weeks old today,” she shared on April 27. “You would be ‘waking up’ and showing us more of you. I would be getting the hang of being a mom of two. My milk would be regulating to your schedule. Your sister would be asking questions about your belly button and you would have peed on her at least once by now.”
“Daddy would be sending texts to his football buddies about how our giant baby boy could probably already out-lift them. We would be laughing that you never fit into newborn diapers, not even for one day. I’d be exhausted, leaking, and happy.”
“Instead … we’re missing you.”
“To all my fellow ‘instead’ mamas … thank you for reminding me that we’re not alone, and that we can survive this. He didn’t, but we have to. And we will.”
On Friday, Keough experienced another tragic loss: Her 64-year-old father.
According to Legacy.com, Matt Keough’s cause of death has not been determined or shared.
He played with a variety of baseball teams, most notably the Oakland Athletics, and appeared on RHOC many times.
On Saturday, his daughter posted photos of him and her family along with a short, heartbreaking caption.
“Daddy, please take care of my son,” she posted.
“Teach him the circle changeup and how to find forever friends. You’re on grandpa duty in heaven now. Xoxo, Hammerhead.”