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Community rallies around Pike Road couple after death of newborn

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Alex Adair and her boyfriend, Josh Peacock, are cherishing every photo of their son Braxden and every moment of the thirteen days they had with him.

Their joy of becoming first-time parents turned to heartbreak this week.

Things took a sudden and tragic turn Wednesday when Braxden became lethargic. His body temperature dropped and his breathing became labored.

"He got real cold and he was limp. His breathing started getting funny... We called his doctor and she told us to take his temperature. We did and told her what it was and she said to take him to the hospital just in case," Adair said.

At the hospital, the tiny infant's condition worsened and the staff rushed to save him.

"They worked on him for 25-35 minutes and tried to jump start his heart and never could get anything. They came in the room and told us he was no longer with us," Adair said. "It was my worst nightmare. I ask why all the time. It's not fair."

Braxden's passing came as a shock to his entire family. He was healthy leaving the hospital after his birth and at his check-up with his doctor, relatives said.

As the couple and their relatives mourn, they also have a lot of unanswered questions about what caused the baby's death. An autopsy was done and the state medical examiner's office is still having tests run. Doctors do not believe it was the result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"They did his autopsy and they couldn't see anything as to what would cause it. They sent samples off and they're going to try to figure it out but sometimes they say you don't get an answer as to why babies, infants die," Adair said.

In the meantime, the community has embraced the young couple, offering words of comfort and setting up an account to help pay for Braxden's funeral. His parents have been amazed by the kindness of others.

"From friends and family to people we don't even know. It's been very helpful. We're so thankful that there's so many people willing to help," Adair said. "They've given money and their time to be kind and try to help us and comfort us any way they can. Lots of people have also said they're here for us if we ever need to talk to anyone."

As donations continue to pour in, Josh, a Pike Road volunteer firefighter, has been moved by the support of the community he's served for years.

"They always say that people with the fire department stand together. And for us to do what we do and serve everybody in the community and then all this happens and then they stand by you and back you up, it feels great knowing that you have so many people that want to help you and guide you through this, I'm just really, really appreciate it," Peacock told WSFA.

The couple is using the donations they've received for their son's funeral arrangements. He'll be laid to rest on Sunday, March 2nd at Leak Memorial Chapel on Lincoln Road in Montgomery. Visitation will be at 1 PM and the funeral will be at 2 PM.

The remaining money will be given to Halo, a local non-profit organization that assists families who have lost a child with grief support groups and funeral costs.

The couple wants to "pay it forward" and help other families like them who are dealing with unimaginable loss.

For more information or to donate, visit the Go Fund Me page for baby Braxden.

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