Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, August 7, 1963 – August 9, 1963
The youngest child of President John Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was born five and a half weeks early at the Otis Air Force Base (now Otis Air National Guard Base) Hospital on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He developed symptoms of Hyaline Membrane Disease (or infant respiratory distress syndrome) and was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital. He died two days later.
From this Universal Newsreel film, produced August 8th, 1963:
The dramatic miracle of birth and a fight for life is enacted at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod as Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy gives birth to a premature son, the first child born to a President in office in 69 years. Thousands of good wishes and prayers pour in as the President stands vigil at Boston’s Children’s Hospital as Patrick Bouvier Kennedy wages his fight for life.