Marcus Kowal opens up about the loss of a son and welcoming another. Here, the MMA fighter stands with Actress Elisabetta Conalis on the Italian Film, Fashion and Art Fest premiere in Los Angeles.
After losing their first child more than a year ago, MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his wife, Mishel, are opening up about the tragic death of their son, Liam, while welcoming their 4-month-old baby, Nico.
On a new episode of “The Doctors,” the family went with show hosts and spoke about working through the loss of their 15-month-old son Liam and the new addition to their family.
“He is a blessing and he has really helped us on this journey,” Mishel said about the episode.
In September last year, Liam’s 15-year-old aunt took her nephew out for a walk in his stroller when they were suddenly hit by a car while crossing the street. When the police arrived on the scene, they found the two victims of accidents in the crossing of the street. Liam’s aunt suffered minor injuries, but Liam was found “pulseless and not breathing.” The 15-month-old baby was rushed to UCLA medical center in Los Angeles, where doctors declared him brain dead. The family then made the difficult decision to take their son off life support.
The driver who caused the accident had been drinking, according to filed after the accident.
Kowal and his wife admitted that life without their first born is difficult, but the family found comfort in the fact that Liam helped to save the lives of other people through organ donation. Now the family is active in raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and began to love, “Liam’s Life Foundation,” in honor of their son.
“The reason why we chose for Liam, it was means ‘the people’s protector,'” the MMA fighter explains. “When we get the name from him, and this was not the way we had hoped for him as a friend, but he is already saved lives directly, by donating his organs, but also just of the people who reached us around the world promise to never drink and drive again.”
After a year of hardships, the family is still working through the loss of Liam, but is getting a fresh start with baby Nico. Despite the fact that Nico is only 4 months old, he has already been told stories of his big brother.
“It is important for him to know that he is his own person and he never felt that he lives in the shadow of his brother, but he is proud of his older brother and knows of his older brother,” Mishel explained.