Mother of Four Children Died While Giving Birth Leaving Newborn Baby in a 'Fight for Life'

Junie Sihlangu
May 09, 2019
11:31 A.M.
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Lauren Louise Accurso was a Jacksonville, Florida, mother of four who died unexpectedly on April 29 during childbirth. Her family plans on having a celebration of her life on Saturday.


Her newborn baby boy, Matthew Jr., miraculously survived and is currently fighting for his life.

Lauren Louise Accurso, 37, has left her newborn baby boy, Matthew Jr., on his own after she died during childbirth. According to a GoFundMe page created for the family, the baby boy is in the NICU at Wolfson's Children’s Hospital where he “fights for his life.”


Accurso’s obituary revealed she is survived by her husband, Dr. Matthew Accurso, and their three daughters Ali Rose, 8, Naomi Belle, 5, and Layne Louise, 2. The GoFundMe page shared: "There are no words to describe the pain and heartbreak felt by so many."

Adding: “The outpouring of love and concern for Lauren, Matt, baby Matthew and family from around the world has encouraged and brought such comfort to Matt and his family during this time of grieving and loss.” The page’s organizers, Mary and Peter Camiolo, posted an update on the little boy on Wednesday.

They revealed: “The final brain scan / MRI test results will be known soon and the neurologist’s / Infant Brain specialists who are covering baby Matthews case are working to get him the best possible care.”


They added that the “great news right now,” was that Matthew’s vitals were strong and he was doing well with his breathing. The Camiolo’s shared that the newborn was “digesting food like a champ.”

They said they “are praising God for that.” According to the obituary, the boy’s late mother married her high school sweetheart in 2004.


It was further revealed that “Lauren was an accomplished entrepreneur as the founder of Cre8 Design. Her mission was to help bring order out of chaos in people’s homes and hearts.” Her family continued: “She willingly laid this aside to pursue what she considered to be her calling in life … a wife and mother.”

They added: “Her faith touched every aspect of her life.” Also noting: “The people who loved her most would describe her as loyal, compassionate, eclectically creative, deep thinker, full of wisdom, joyous, fun loving, and full of grace.”


On Thursday, there will be a visitation at Craig Funeral Home in St. Augustine from 5 to 7 p.m. Then on Saturday there’ll be a celebration of her life at Crescent Beach Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Colonial Church building fund or directly to the Accurso family via the GoFundMe page.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report revealing that nearly 700 women died every year of complications that arose from pregnancy or childbirth in the US.

They shared that of those deaths three out of five could’ve been prevented.