((Eds: With AP Photos.)) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Lance Kaepernick was 23 days old when he died.
He seemed normal when his parents brought him home. Then everything, suddenly, went tragically wrong. Two open heart surgeries couldn't save the tiny baby Rick and Teresa Kaepernick had so joyfully welcomed into their lives.
Their next son never made it out of the hospital. Kent Kaepernick was 4 days old when he died, also of a heart defect.
''You're 25, 26 and you have two sons buried,'' Rick Kaepernick said. ''You grow up in a hurry.''
A daughter, Devon, would follow, joining their healthy, first-born son, Kyle. By then, though, the Kaepernicks were done taking chances and doctors warned them against trying for another pregnancy.
''Maybe the kids would have lived today with all the advances that have been made,'' Rick said. ''But it just wasn't to be.''
But the yearning didn't stop, and one day Teresa told her husband she was ready for another baby.
Their new son was ...