I have a child that near-drowned and now got brain damage is there anyone that been through the same

Tasha - posted on 03/24/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello Im new to this so not sure where to start I have a 23 mouth old baby her name is heaven she had a near-drowning accident I have a pond in my back yard and while i was doing laundry on Jan. 27 2012 my baby went out the back door something she never did be for an fell in the pond it took the doctors a hour to bring her back and the icu doctors told me she most likely wont wake up but she did by the grace of god when she woke up she was making stiff moments (straighting her arms and legs out) the doctors told me she will be in veg. state and that she wouldnt be aware of anything going on she wasnt coughing so they put her on a trach but the past couple of days she been coughing she can breath on her own she is also on a g tube for her feeds and meds she isnt as stiff no more due to her meds we got to bring her home march 8th when we brought her home we started playing all her songs she loved she started moving her arms and breathing hard and looking at the tv when her brothers talk to her she does the same thing most of the time she turns her head to the right and looks that way but i no she is aware cause of how she will act to things she no I just wonted to no is there someone out there thats been through what i been through I feel so along and it would be nice to talk to someone that really knows how i feel

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Toni - posted on 10/25/2013

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Tasha, I'm a mom of a near drowned daughter. We have groups on Facebook W.I.S.H walking in support and hope..... Near Drowning survivor and near drowning support group. Hope to hear from u. Toni.

Brittany - posted on 02/27/2013

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OMG! hey Tasha..im brittany. well i was goin through this and when i read your post i almost shed tears! on july 2..2012 my 5 yr old daughter was at a pool party..and well..yes there were TWO life guards on duty! anywho..no one saw her jump into 8 feet..to get the ball she was playin with..which cause her to literally drown! meaning she actually died and by the grace of our wonderful God..he brought her bak to me the NEXT DAY in icu! all of her organs were not function..her brain lost so much oxygen..it left her with MAJOR brain damage! but anywho to make a very long story short..its been 7mths since then and my babygurl is NOW moving her head both ways..every now and then she moves her arms (willingly)..she attends therapy twice a wk.which helps ALOT..and she can STILL give us a big beautiful smile! like your baby..she has a gtube and a trach..(which tore my heart into pieces aat first) but i kno NOW it was for a great cause! OUR babies are STILL here! =') ! but anywho..Tasha..u are NOT alone! i USE to feel the same way..like why me! or..no one understands because its NOT THEIR CHILD! but as long as you trust and belive in our father...her will make sure of you that you and your baby are great! so if you dont mind me asking...how is she now?

Lauren - posted on 01/17/2014

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Hi Tasha, My son fell into the swimming pool 7/01/2013 same thing major brain damage and doctors dont have much hope. it's been a year and a few days now and he's smiling and moving his head from side to side. Also has a G-tube.
So you are not alone at all in this. All we can do is trust in the Lord our God that our kids will be happy and healthy soon!

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Patricia - posted on 07/28/2014

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hi

i lost my son on mother's day 2014 on the 11 due to drowning. i cant cope nothing. he died and the ambulance only came after 30mins. its so sad. i am so angry and feel lost and broken. he was 3years old. i miss him so much.

Bonnie_215 - posted on 03/20/2014

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On January 19 2014 at 2.30 pm, my life shattered. My three children and I had been playing outsidewhen I retreated inside to make my infant a bottle. About 7 minutes later I heard my 6 yr old start screaming my name. ( we had always done practice drills and had talked about pool emergencies, so I knew the second I heard her voice what had happened) i ran as fast as i could to find my 3 yr old only boy floating face down in the pool and his big wheel on the other end floating. I jumped in and almost drowned myself trying to hold him above the water. I did not have the strength (due to shock and lack of exercise) to lift him out and I screamed for his father who then came to assist with cpr. My 3 yr old was blue and vomiting with our compressions. I ran inside, got my phone and attempted to dial 911 on a touch screen that had been covered in water. My husband drove behind the ambulance. (The police would not allow me to leave the house to accompany my son because of investigational purposes) it took the er staff about 25 minutes to bring a pulse back and said it was because of his father's knowledge of cpr. Jett suffered severe brain damage to both hemispheres of his brain. He was in a medically induced coma because of the seizures for about a week. Today, 2 months later jett is on a gtube but all other organs working good. He still has seizures, neuro storming, posturing, and tries to communicate through moaning. He will be starting hyperbaric treatment very soon. Because of this incident, dcf took away all 3 of my children. They said if I was able to let him near drown I was unable to take care of them. And that was that. My son is in medical foster carte where I get to see him ones week if I'm lucky. (A family member took in my girls and I am with then every day) i do not have money for a lawyer so I'm getting pushed around the judicial system. Last week I saw jett at a doctors appointment and he smiled for the first time after hearing my voice. Please help me with your input. Dcf not only is denying my court ordered visitation, since entering Foster care he looks terrible and terrified. I take full responsibility for this accident and only want my son to get the best care possible, and the best chance at Recovery. Has anyone used hyperbaric treatment? Or any ideas on how I can fight this sad story of our failed judicial system?

Simone - posted on 08/30/2012

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Hi there Tasha,

My name is Simone and I am going through the exact same thing and was told the same things of what my son would "never" do again.

We are in hospital at the moment doing rehab and will probably be inpatients for the next 3-4 months. If you want to chat let me know.

Kind regards

Simone

Erika - posted on 08/29/2012

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I didn't realize they both posted... I am new to cafemom and I'm working off cell phone

Erika - posted on 08/28/2012

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God loves you and your beautiful little girl. I know it's cliche but God will only give you what you can handle. Live, love, and laugh for her because this makes her happy. You are a good mother, it's not your fault, and it was all part of Gods plan. Do something good in her name to make change... follow Gods plan and live in light. My 9month old drown in a bathtub while with a sitter. I understand loss and the feelings that come with that... My son drown on 7/23/12, was on life support for one week, was determined brain dead, and died on 7/30/12....enjoy every moment with your sweet baby of God and know this all has purpose for life.

Erika - posted on 08/28/2012

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God only gives you what you can handle I know it is cliche but it is true. God loves you and your beautiful baby. Know that no matter what God had a plan. It's not your fault, you are good mother, and God put this in your life to do good things in her name. Love, pray, and laugh because she happy when you are. I left my kids with sitter and my 9 month old drown he was on life support, they determined he was brain dead, and he died a week later. I know what is like to have a loss.....how is she doing now?

Katherine - posted on 03/24/2012

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I've never been through it but it sounds like she is going to be ok........she may have to learn everything all over again.......I hope it all works out ((hugs))

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