Born In: Bourne, Massachusetts, United States
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was the last child of American President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Patrick was born prematurely and he lived for just 39 hours, because of the quick onset of a disease. Between the time of his birth and death, a valiant effort was made by medical professionals, to try and save his life. This attempt included a hasty transfer to a hospital, located more than 100 kilometers away, the use of one of the most cutting-edge medical technologies at the time, and a very tense President, waiting outside the room where the child was being treated by the doctors. This dramatic sequence of events, many of which were reported by the national media, riveted a nation, as Americans waited with suspended breath, hoping for the child to recover. The fact that Jacqueline had suffered a miscarriage and a stillbirth in the past served as added emotional baggage for the country. However, even though the attempts to save Patrick’s life, and his death, became part of the American psyche, the assassination of his father, just three months after his death, would wound the nation further.
father: John F. Kennedy
mother: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
Born Country: United States
place of death: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestry: British American, Irish American, French American
Cause of Death: Hyaline Membrane Disease
U.S. State: Massachusetts
In August 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy was thirty-four years old and had been the First Lady for almost three years. She was also in the third trimester of her fifth pregnancy. While she was pregnant with Patrick, owing to the fact that John Jr.’s was also a premature birth, she requested her obstetrician, John W. Walsh, to be with her when she spent the summer in Massachusetts’ Hyannis Port. A suite was also prepared at the nearby Otis Air Force Base Hospital, in case of an emergency.
President John F. Kennedy, who was in the White House at the time of delivery, called a chaplain, upon arriving at the hospital and seeing his newborn child in distress. The baby was baptized by the chaplain. The name ‘Patrick’ was chosen in honor of his grandfather, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, and his great-grandfather, Patrick Joseph Kennedy. The Bouvier in his name was his mother’s maiden name.
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