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Mom asks for help paying for infant's funeral, viewers respond with generosity

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Funeral fund set up for Tristian Hall. (Source Family) Funeral fund set up for Tristian Hall. (Source Family)

An Instagram video of sends Brittany Hall running out of her mom's living room, crying uncontrollably.  It's video of her son, Tristian Hall - not long after he was born.   

"He was the best baby.  He was so happy all the time," says Brittany Hall.

Two month old Tristian died on Mother's Day weekend. Hall says he died from SIDS.  She says he was spending the night with his father, who lives in Lakewood, when he suddenly stopped breathing. 

"They were cuddled up like he was trying to protect him from falling off the bed.  The baby was on a pillow on his stomach.  I guess he didn't know that you are not supposed to do that with a baby - lay a baby on a pillow on his stomach when it's time to go to sleep," describes Hall.  

Tristian was rushed to Lakewood Hospital where he later died.

Hall later asked Tristian's father what happened.

"I said, what happened?  He said, we were sleeping - all I did was put him to sleep, and we went to sleep.  Oh my God," says Hall.

No one can bring Tristian back.  Brittany says all she can do now is give him a proper burial, but she needed help doing that.

"I just need help.  I want my baby to be buried the correct way.  His funeral was supposed to be today, but I didn't have the funds.  I want him to be put in the ground the right way and for it to be peaceful. I want it all done for him.  Just for him," added Ms. Hall.

A fund was set up by Tanya Williams from the Shaw High School Marching Band.  Hall used to be in the band before she graduated. You can make donations at any Huntington Bank. 

But when Food Critic Jason Beudert, with A Special Wish Foundation heard the story on 19 Action News, the organization agreed to connect Hall with the additional funds to help her bury her son.

"It might seem like a giant thing for the family but it's a small gesture for our foundation and we were really glad that we were in the right place at the right time," Buedert said. "I'll tell you she breathed a sigh of relief and that was worth its weight in gold right there."

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