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Bookshelf dedicated to honor baby who died from rare syndrome

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sacred Heart Children's Hospital dedicated a new mobile bookshelf Monday that will help spread the magic of storytelling to kids there. 

Laura and Cody Brincken started Isaac's Bookshelf to honor their son's life. 

Isaac was born with CHARGE Syndrome, a heart defect, and a cleft palate. The syndrome is complex and often includes vision and hearing loss, developmental delays, and life-threatening defects, according to the CHARGE Syndrome Organization

He spent nearly every day at the hospital. His parents said one of his favorite things was to listen to them read to him. His favorite books were Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and Rex Wrecks It. 

"Those colors and pictures and stuff, they would just instantly calm him," Cody said. 

Isaac died from medical complications at just five months old. 

But, in that time, he touched many lives and will continue to through Isaac's Bookshelf. His parents created the mobile bookshelf, which rolls around the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU.) Kids get to pick whatever book they want and keep it. 

On Monday, the hospital dedicated the bookshelf. Laura said she and her husband are glad to know their son's name will live on. 

"He was just so strong. I just want people to remember him and also to just find joy in the little things, like the simple joy a book can bring," Laura said. 

 

 

Isaac's Bookshelf is accepting donations of new books for all ages, babies through teens. Learn more about donating here


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