Whenever we hear someone coughing or sniffling, the general assumption is that it's probably a cold caused by exposure to cold weather. Although that is the case most of the time, one father recently learned firsthand how dangerous it can be to underestimate cold-like symptoms when it comes to infants.
Earlier this year, a young father in Memphis, Tennessee shared his harrowing tale on Imgur, a photo-sharing website. He posted pictures of the "little fighter," who was battling a mysterious illness. He had to watch every parent's nightmare play out as his baby girl flatlined right in front of him. Thanks to the paramedics, however, she was revived shortly thereafter and hooked up to a ventilator.
In the following weeks, the doctors came up with their diagnosis - the little girl had been affected by a serious condition that remains relatively unknown to most parents. Now, this dad is sharing his story with the hopes that it might be a warning for other parents to avoid potential tragedy.
A heartbroken dad recently posted these images to Imgur, along with the story of how his baby girl got sick.
She was admitted to the hospital with what was initially diagnosed as viral meningitis. She flatlined at the hospital almost as soon as the pediatric team reached her. Thankfully, they were able to revive her.
Doctors diagnosed her with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and warned that if the baby's condition worsened, she may be beyond saving.
Along with RSV, she also had pneumonia, bronchitis, and a partially collapsed right lung.
RSV is not caused by exposure to cold, but rather through droplets spread in the air through sneezing and coughing. These droplets can also land on various surfaces, and be transmitted via direct contact. That's why it's so important to remember to wash your hands regularly, especially before handling an infant.
In the U.S., 60% of infants will be infected with RSV at some point, often ending up with other forms of lower respiratory tract infections as well.
Three weeks after their horrific ordeal, Dad and the baby were both alright. His little girl survived because she was a fighter, but not every child may be so lucky. That's why he's trying to get the word out about RSV and how dangerous it can be. The most effective way to prevent its spread is simply washing your hands, especially before handling infants.
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