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Henry Witucki | Source: facebook.com/Rachel Witucki
Henry Witucki | Source: facebook.com/Rachel Witucki

Pennsylvania Cop Loses 1-Year-Old Son – His Death Will Save the Lives of Other People

Brittany Chalmers
Sep 09, 2022
12:05 P.M.
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A police officer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, experienced any parent's worst nightmare. An unexpected tragedy struck his family and left everyone shattered, displaying life's undeniable fragility.

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Welcoming a child into the world is one of the greatest joys for any parent. On the other hand, losing a beloved little one is a devastating ordeal that no mom or dad should face.

Tragically, many broken-hearted parents grieve for children taken too soon. One couple's world turned upside down instantly after what has been called a "freak accident" involving their one-year-old baby.

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He Was a Happy Baby Boy

Sgt. Clark Witucki and his wife Rachel were a happy couple who couldn't contain their excitement when baby Henry "Hank" Witucki joined their family.

Many people prayed and held out hope for baby Hank's survival. His time in the hospital was immensely challenging for the family, who waited for any news on his progress.

The adorable blue-eyed infant stole their hearts and changed their lives for the better. However, the world as they knew it changed shockingly in August 2022.

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The Life-Changing Freak Accident

The family's one-year-old son fell out of the window of their second-story house in Plum Borough. Police revealed that the baby survived the fall but was in critical condition.

The little one was taken to UPMC's Children's Hospital, where he remained in the intensive care unit while doctors tried to save his life.

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He Passed Away

Many people prayed and held out hope for baby Hank's survival. His time in the hospital was immensely challenging for the family, who waited for any news on his progress.

Sadly, fate had other plans, and the precious child passed away on September 3, 2022. The parents were devastated and in shock following the life-shattering incident. Community members banded together to support the police officer and his wife.

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Community Support during the Tragic Time

MealTrain and GoFundMe campaigns were started to assist the family and their older son and daughter.

By September 9, 2022, more than $63,000 had been raised on behalf of the family. Keriann Didier and Katie Witucki posted the following on the GoFundMe page:

"This beautiful, loving family could use any and all support at this tragic time, whether it be prayers or financial donations to help cover meals, travel, time off, medical expenses, etc."

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His Life Would Save Others

Mom Rachel was at a loss for words over the passing of her "sweet, sweet boy." The family also revealed that the little boy's death was not in vain. They wrote:

"As an organ donor, Hank was able to give the most precious gift – the gift of life."

"Words could never show the appreciation for all of the love and support this past week, but it is much appreciated," they continued.

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Comments of Support

Friends, relatives, and strangers offered their sincerest condolences to the family. Many netizens also wanted to assist them as they navigated the painful time:

"My heartfelt sympathy to all those affected. Your little man is beyond special, and all will be remembered for his love of life and joy."

- (Lynnmarie Leng) September 7, 2022

"My heart breaks for you. I can't imagine what you are going through. I will be sending many prayers for you all."

- (Amber Palyok) September 3, 2022

"The Cap girls and Pleunik girls wanted to donate their lemonade/pot holder/bracelet stand funds."

- (Jennifer Pleunik) Sepetmeber 6, 2022

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"Anything else we can do, don't fret to ask."

- (John Barker) September 6, 2022

We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to baby Hank's parents and siblings during this devastating time. May he rest in peace.

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Another Youngster's Passing Was Not in Vain

When children lose their lives, it is always devastating. Parents think about the life their kids still had to live and the milestones they wish they could see become a reality.

One mom from Illinois adored her four-year-old son. He had an infectious laugh and was the light in her life. She couldn't imagine a world without it and looked forward to seeing him grow into a wonderful young man.

Sadly, their time together ended abruptly after an unexpected incident. On August 6, 2022, Grayson Vingan drowned while he was in a swimming pool. He was resuscitated but passed away in the hospital two days later.

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He Saved Lives

The loss was heartbreaking and left a big hole in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. However, the story had a silver lining—the little boy was an organ donor. His family shared:

"[Grayson] was the biggest helper and because of this, his family has decided to donate his organs so he can continue to help others like he loved doing."

Vingan's death was not in vain, and he gave many other families more time with their loved ones. We send our condolences to the Vingan family. RIP, little angel.

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