Friday, 06 August 2010
It's not often that I read or hear a story that completely breaks my heart, but this one took the cake.
It was on our local news, yesterday.
A 7 week old baby, who had a month earlier under gone heart surgery, was now back in the hospital with "shaken baby syndrome". She had been released from the hospital on Saturday and by Sunday, when her mom and grandma went to a medical supply store, the dad called and said there was a problem. When the mom rushed home, the baby was unresponsive.
The 7 week old has pieces of her skull in her brain and the prognosis is not good. If she does survive, they expect she'll have permanent brain damage.
Now, the father, I think, denies the charges (1st degree child abuse). He said the child hit her head on the coffee table while he moved to change her diaper. How she was shaken? I'm not sure. We can really only assume that he's guilty, and if he is, I wonder why on earth he did that or what possessed him to harm his child.
I mean, I can understand the stress and frustration from a crying baby... really I can. I never got to the point where I felt like I would hurt my daughter, but sometimes even just the threat of boiling blood pressure was enough to make me walk a way a little.
Obviously, you don't want to leave the baby unsupervised, but just taking a few minutes to breath is much better of an option than shaking your baby in a moment of anger. This tiny baby was completely helpless and has no way of communicating her needs beyond crying. No baby does. It's just tragic.
I just feel... heartbroken for this little girl. She's now having to fight for her life a second time. And her mother? I can't even imagine the enormous amount of pain she's going through. They interviewed her on the news and it was enough to pull at anyone's heart strings. Oh my goodness...
Pray for little Isabella that she can survive this.
Have you ever had those moments when you're about to lose your temper or feel extremely frustrated with your baby? How do you usually calm down or get through those difficult situations?