Conner Armstrong was diagnosed in utero with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that causes an extra 18th chromosome and severe birth defects. The little boy was born with three holes in his heart and was given just weeks to live. He made it 40 days.
"I'm trying not to feeling anything at all," Conner's mom, Patricia Armstrong, told InsideEdition.com. "I feel like it’s not real, do you know what I mean? I’m just kind of lost.”
The infant passed away Tuesday, and just days before, Patricia and Conner's dad, Christopher Armstrong, married in a small ceremony in North Carolina with baby Conner in attendance. The two were married at the hospice center where Conner was being cared for, saying their vows with close friends nearby.
“We were told we didn’t have much time left with Conner,” Christopher told CBS News. “So we wanted him to be [at the wedding].”
Patricia shared that Christopher held Conner is in his arms as the couple said their vows.
“It’s been scary. It’s been emotional, but it’s well worth it,” she said.
Patricia and Christopher each have one daughter each from previous relationships: Aubree, 5 and Graci, 6.
“We wanted all of our kids to be together," Patricia explained.
“We cherish every minute we got to spend with you and everyone who was blessed to meet you are so grateful,” Christopher wrote in a Facebook post to Conner Wednesday. “We love you and you will never be forgotten... until we meet again.”
A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family with funeral costs.
[H/T / Facebook / Patricia Armstrong]