Devastating news for the Milian family. Christina Milian's sister Danielle has lost her newborn baby boy, who tragically passed away hours after his birth. The little boy was diagnosed with omphalocele, a birth defect which causes the organs to grow outside of the body, while Danielle was pregnant.
"Yesterday I was blessed with the birth of my Richie Bear," heartbroken Danielle wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "Unfortunately, last night he took his place with the Lord and we said goodbye.
Christina Milian (left) with her sister Danielle Milian
"I so appreciate the prayers and support from everyone. He touched my heart and was perfect in so many ways."
On Wednesday, Danielle, 29, had proudly announced the arrival of her son. "Baby Richie has arrived! #prayersup for my #babyboy… He is already a fighter," she wrote alongside a photo of Richie's tiny foot.
Danielle and her husband Richard Dickerson knew in advance that their baby would face an uphill struggle to survive because of his diagnosis. But she told Us Weekly she was determined to give her son a chance at life.
Danielle announced the passing of baby Richie, alongside this photo showing his hand print
"I said (to Richard), 'Could you live with this?' Because I know I can. I know I could be in a hospital every day. As a mother, I will do whatever it takes for my child… No matter how long he has in this world, I could not imagine taking his chance away."
She said her husband has asked if their son would be able to get a job and fall in love.
"If his disability would not affect his ability to fall in love, then there is absolutely no reason he doesn't deserve life," Danielle quoted her husband as saying.
Just a few hours earlier, she had proudly announced the birth of her baby son
"No matter how long he has in this world, I could not imagine taking his chance," she added.
Danielle and Richard are also parents to eight-year-old son Daniel, and one-year-old daughter Naomi.