Losing a child can be one of the most devastating and heartbreaking tragedies you will ever experience. Unfortunately, NBC news correspondent Richard EngelAmong the parents who feel that pain is his son, is he? He recently announced his young son’s death. Today’s Savannah Guthrie She took to Instagram to express her sympathy for her friend.
An Unimaginable Loss
Richard Engel, a father of Henry, posted on Twitter the sad news about Henry’s death on August 18, 2022. Engel and his wife, Mary Forrest, have been very open about their son’s ongoing health issues and work endlessly to spread awareness.
Henry was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, which is a genetic brain condition that has no cure. According to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, the disease can impair a child’s normal growth timeline and lead to loss of speech and motor control, seizures, and breathing issues. Surprisingly the condition is rare in boys, but it occurs almost exclusively in girls (one in 10,000)
Savannah Guthrie’s Tribute: ‘We Will Keep Fighting’
Engel shared regular updates about Henry’s condition on the Today Savannah Guthrie, who was his host on the show, became his friend. Naturally, Guthrie was grief-stricken upon news of Henry’s passing and posted the following series of images on Instagram to express her sympathy.
Engel and Forrest were referred to as Guthrie. “…you are the personification of what it means to be a parent—to love, adore, and delight in your child, and bring every ounce of your beings to their flourishing. You’re my heroes.”
Guthrie continued by delivering a message to Henry: “My dear Henry, you will be missed. I will always remember the twinkle in your eye. We will keep fighting for you.”
It’s clear to see what an impact Henry’s life had not just on the thousands who followed his story, but on those he had the chance to meet, however briefly.
What You Can Do To Help
Rett syndrome research is ongoing. However, the battle is not over. Texas Children’s Hospital created Henry’s memorial pageYou can read his story here and make a donation to Rett research.
Engel and Forrest, along with their son Theo are our deepest condolences.