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Couple's Midwife at home Birth turns Tragic

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"We had him for one thousand 47 days," Frank Comstive said.

And the very first one of those one thousand 74 days of Sam Comstive's life was dangerously close to being his last, and his mother's as well.

""Tina is a medical miracle," Comstive said. "They brought the chaplain in they told me to prepare for the worst."

It all followed the couple's decision to hire a midwife and have a home birth, a much cheaper alternative many women are now choosing over expensive hospital births.

But the midwife the couple hired didn't call an ambulance when Tina began bleeding profusely on May 18th, 2010.

The placenta abruption left Sam with a permanent brain injury.

"He was still unable to sit alone still unable to crawl, couldn't stand couldn't walk couldn't speak," Tina Comstive said.

But there was something Sam could do.

Light up a room with his infectious smile and twinkling eyes.

"It amazes me that the little boy who never spoke a word had such profound effect on so many and he did," Frank Comstive said.

Sam died from his birth injuries just days before his 3rd birthday.

His parents hope their story might someday prompt the state to require more from midwifes like having insurance.

"I believe they should review the guidelines, the education requirements, the accountability requirements for midwifery," Tina Comstive said.

Sam's passing has left his parents filled with conflicting emotions.

"We're heartbroken, we're sad we're hurt," Sam's mother said. "But at the same time there's happiness and relief for Sam because we know he's in the ultimate place."

The couple can now spend the rest of their time on earth no longer worried about leaving behind a son who would always need them.

As for Sam, his parents say he's in a place where he can finally hold a toy and a conversation.

"Jesus has probably told him to hush up," joked Frank Comstive.

"That's what we told our daughters the first night Sam was in heaven," Tina Comstive said. "He probably got hushed because he's had almost 3 years of not being able to say a word."

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