Sharon Stone on Monday posted a video of her 11-month-old nephew, River, with a message revealing that he had died, four days after he was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital for what the actor described as “total organ failure.”
“River William Stone, Sept. 8, 2020 – Aug. 30, 2021,” Stone captioned the Instagram video, which shows her smiling, blue-eyed godson, giggling and rolling around on a bed in a brightly colored shirt. The video is accompanied by Eric Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven.”
Last week, the “Basic Instinct” star revealed that River had been found early Thursday “in his crib w total organ failure today.” Stone also shared a photo of the baby in what looked like an ICU-bed. Stone also asked people to pray for the baby. “We need a miracle.”
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The boy’s mother, Tasha Stone, wrote on Facebook last week that he was in a coma at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he had been airlifted Thursday.
“He is in a coma currently and I am dying,” wrote Tasha Stone. Stone’s younger brother, Patrick Stone, is River’s father, and River was the youngest of three children. The family lived in Ohio.
“Every single second of this is literally killing me. I just want my sweet sweet boy back. The doctor said if he does pull through he will never be the same. Please I am begging for prayers that my baby can be healed and come back with his family who love him so very much. I am beyond heartbroken.”
In the comment section of Stone’s remembrance, several of her celebrity friends expressed their condolences.
“Ugh. I’m sitting here in tears. I’m so sorry, Sharon. What a beautiful boy. Sending all my love to you and your family,” wrote Will & Grace star Sean Hayes. Selma Blair wrote, “I am so sorry. My lord.”
“I’m so sorry lord,” Andie Macdowell commented.
Neither Sharon Stone nor her sister-in-law shared other details about the boy’s condition or what caused the organ failure — whether he had an ongoing medical condition or if this was a sudden emergency.
Stone had revealed River’s health emergency last Friday, while she was in Venice, doing a photoshoot and presumably other work. Over the weekend, she continued to post photos and videos of her time in Venice, seeming to keep her chin up as her family dealt with the crisis back in the United States.
Whatever happened with River, one alarmingly common cause of organ failure in babies and children is sepsis, according to Yale Medicine. Sepsis affects about 75,000 children per year, and is a life-threatening condition that develops when a child’s immune systems “spins out of control” while fighting an infection from bacteria, a virus or fungus.
Severe inflammation throughout the body can cause tissue damage and organ failure. “When organs begin to stop functioning, the body can enter a stage of sepsis called ‘septic shock,’ and the threat of death is imminent,” the Yale Medicine website added.
What’s particularly worrisome is that any child can develop sepsis and it can start from an injury as simple as an infected scrape on an arm, the website said. However, children who already have an infection, who are hospitalized or who have weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
What’s also troubling is that sepsis is hard to detect in children, the website said. Early signs include fever, lethargy, nausea and vomiting, general pain and discomfort, dizziness and dehydration. Infants and children with sepsis are usually treated in a hospital’s intensive-care unit.
Nearly a year ago, Stone celebrated River’s birth with a post of the newborn in a car seat. “Look who’s going home: River William Stone,” the actress captioned the September 13 photo. “My brother Patrick and his wife Tasha’s new baby.”
Over the weekend, the star’s celebrity friends and others flooded her comments section with words of support and promises of prayers. Kate Hudson wrote, “Sending light and healing love,” while former “The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne wrote, “Bless him sending so much love and prayer.”
Director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Holding you and your family in prayer,” Carnie Wilson commented, “God plz gather angels to surround this precious boy,” and many others posted prayer emojis