When her daughter refused to wake from a nap, Jennifer Abma turned the child over, only to realize a horrific truth. Now, people are sharing her terrifying story all across social media in order to help this mom.
Every decent parent wants to keep their child happy and healthy. We are constantly doing anything we can to keep them safe, including educating ourselves about the dangers lurking all around us. That’s why Jennifer Abma’s story about what happened to her daughter Anastasia is so important.
Sometimes, danger is right there before our very eyes, waiting to snatch our precious loved ones from us, and we don’t even realize it. Jennifer Abma missed one of those serious risks until it was almost too late, and that’s why she’s sharing her terrifying story with other parents.
Each year, the news is sadly plagued with stories of children who meet a tragic end after being left in a car. In better cases, a heroic stranger acts fast and rescues the victim from their fatally hot would-be-coffin before it’s too late and they succumb to heat stroke. While we all know — or at least we should — that it’s dangerous to leave a child or even our pet in a car, which can become like an oven in the heat, there are less obvious risks that threaten our children with the same demise.
Unbeknownst to many, hot cars are not the only place where children and animals are at risk of suffering from the dangerous and sometimes fatal situation. That’s what Anastasia’s mom Jennifer found out the hard way. Now, she’s hoping her story will make people think twice.
“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,” Jennifer began, taking to Facebook to share her terrifying experience with her young daughter Anastasia so that it never happens to anyone else.
“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, (and) when (the) ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn’t know what to expect,” she continued. “This was proof how fast things change,” she added.
“Anastasia put herself (down) for a nap, I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up,” Jennifer explained, adding that she found her daughter “soaked in sweat, red face, and boiling.” She was “unable to wake her for 15 minutes.” The “ambulance arrived faster then I could have ever imagined and took her sugars,” she recalled, relaying that the results were a quarter of what they should be. “They administered sucrose, and in minutes, she started crying, clearly scared,” Jennifer added.
“No, it is not my fault this happened to her, but it is hard not to blame yourself,” the mother said, adding that the situation was a “lesson learned” for her and that she hoped other parents can take something from her experience with Anastasia. She further encouraged parents to make sure they are checking the rooms of their house since they can become as dangerously hot as a car.
Admitting she was still shaken, Jennifer continued, “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 (a friend) who came as fast as possible to keep me together.”
Although things ended well for Jennifer and Anastasia, their story does indicate that many people may not have all the information they need on heat stroke, the risk it presents, and, most importantly, how to prevent it. It’s crucial to be aware of the kinds of situations that can result in the danger of heat stroke, especially during warm weather. It’s also important to be able to identify the condition so that, if it does occur, you can seek help promptly.
Before suffering a heat stroke, people will exhibit the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, according to MedicineNet.com. It is important to know these symptoms so that the condition can be resolved before it escalates to heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- profuse sweating
- muscle cramps
If the person is not cooled and hydrated and continues to be overheated, they can progress to heat stroke, further developing symptoms of visual disturbances, dizziness, irritation, confusion, a fast pulse, and reddish, dry skin. They cease to sweat, and as the body’s temperature regulation abilities fail, they will seizure before the stroke ultimately takes their life.
A person suffering heat exhaustion needs immediate care so they can cool down right away. A damp, cool wet towel is one way to reduce the body temperature. A heat stroke, however, is a life-threatening medical emergency requiring immediate treatment at a hospital.
Although this condition usually only poses a threat during warm weather, heating sources that do not utilize an accurate, reliable thermostat can pose a threat in the winter months as well, turning closed-off bedrooms into potentially dangerous ovens that can be as fatal as a car sitting out in the sun.
While this might seem unlikely to occur in your own situation, there are obviously those who are at risk, and this information could easily make a difference in preventing that danger. Help raise awareness so that Anastasia didn’t suffer in vain. Let her story protect others from a worse fate. We can help her and her mom save a life!