Every parent always worries about their children, more so when they are young and more exposed to life’s hazards.
We ensure that they don’t get lost, that they are aware of dangers they may be one day meet, and we constantly strive to keep them healthy and free of illnesses.
However, many of these things are not always obvious to the untrained eye, and very often we can miss spotting a serious risk until it is too late.
This is the very reason why mother Jennifer Abma wants to share her frightening story of what happened to her daughter Anastasia, with parents around the world.
Everybody is well aware of how dangerous it can be to leave a child alone in a hot car during the summer months.
But we still hear we hear new heroic stories of good samaritans who quickly take action and rescue children or pets from such situations.
Perhaps the biggest danger of being left in a hot car is without a shadow of a doubt, heat stroke, which can be highly dangerous or even fatal to young children and pets left unattended.
But vehicles are not the only place where people and animals can fall victim to heat stroke.
Jennifer Abma shares her story on Facebook to inform parents about the terrifying experience she had with her young daughter, Anastasia.
She hopes her story will help make people be more aware of the dangers of heat stroke so that it never happens to anyone else.
Here’s what she had to say:
“THIS was my evening, this was the scariest moment I’ve had to imagine, THIS is severe heatstroke. There is nothing scarier than not being able to wake your baby up.
THIS is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heat stroke. It took us 20 minutes to wake her up, when ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn’t know what to expect as did I.”
“This was proof how fast things change.
Anastasia put herself for a nap, I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up soaked in sweat, red face, boiling and unable to wake her for 15 minutes, ambulance arrived faster then I could have ever imagined and took her sugars which were 1.2 and should be above 4, they administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying clearly scared.”
“No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself, this is a lesson learned & hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car.
Still I’m shook and I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t go check on her. We definitely had God on our side yesterday and I am thankful for emergency services and Jay who came as fast as possible to keep me together.”
We are very thankful that everything ended well for Jennifer and Anastasia, but it is very important to be more aware of this kind of situation and how dangerous heat stroke can be, especially now that summer months are upon us.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual disturbances
- Dizziness, irritation and confusion
- Fast pulse
- Throbbing headache
- Reddish, dry skin
- Rapid, shallow breathing
Here’s what to do in case of heat stroke:
It’s important that someone suffering from a heat stroke immediately receive care. Bring you or the kids to a cool place, right away.
Remove your child’s excess clothing. Encourage your child to drink cool fluids containing salt and sugar, such as sports drinks. Put a cool, wet cloth or cool water on your child’s skin. Call your doctor or for advice.
Please SHARE this important message with friends and family on Facebook and help them be more aware of the dangers and signs of heat stroke.