Tiffany Ann Scallion was just about to feed her 3-day-old son when she realised something was amiss:
He wasn’t breathing, nor was his heart beating.
While suppressing waves of anxiety and panic, Tiffany managed to spring into action and jump-start her baby’s heart with CPR before the paramedics arrived.
But even after one year, this incident continues to haunt her.
“I am thankful to the Lord for waking me up that night. To this day, I wake up with nightly terrors from that night. … He still has breathing problems in his sleep. I don’t sleep well because of it,” Tiffany shares.
For parents who have experienced something similar, Tiffany’s experiences are relatable. The fear that a relapse might happen to their child in the middle of the night robs them of sleep. Many of them may wind up keeping vigil, which takes a toll on their wellbeing and careers.
While Tiffany uses a breathing machine to maintain her son’s oxygen levels, she does not have an oximeter, which is too expensive.
As a result, Tiffany quit her job to stay home with her son and monitor his breathing herself.
Unfortunately, her son’s deteriorating health also means grappling with hefty medical bills.
“He was hospitalised 6 times by the time he was 21 days for numerous different things: bronchitis, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), pneumonia.
Once, he even had bronchitis and pneumonia at the same time, causing great financial troubles because my husband and I had to stay with him 24/7 as well as with our 2 other children.”
Because such illnesses can affect any child, Tiffany hopes to raise awareness so that other parents don’t have to experience the same fears that she has.
“My son was released from the hospital with a clean bill of health and just 3 days later my world could have ended,” she adds, reminding us to stay alert to our child’s health.
Thank you, Tiffany, for sharing your story to guide us.
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