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Last night my sweet Rycker’s life flashed before my eyes, as he went in to full cardiac arrest and pulmonary hypertension crises, while his whole body turned blue and went limp in my arms. After nudging my baby to try get him to come too, my babies lifeless body lay in my arms. As scared as I was, I wasn’t going to let that moment be the last moment of my babies life. I can’t help the tears rolling down my face as I write this, but it needs to be done. Immediately the CPR certification class I had taken came full force, I rushed against the seconds and grabbed a blanket and put Rycker flat on the floor and started doing infant CPR, strictly compressions,as he was already on oxygen and I knew every second counted, that if I stopped doing those compressions even for a second that it could make all the difference. As distraught as I was I knew I had to be focused for my baby. Although it seemed like forever my baby,came back and soon started wailing, I never thought I would be so happy to hear that sound of wailing, or a screaming baby! My sister-in-law and Jeffrey came rushing in the house soon after with the police coming in behind, all while Rycker was still going in and out of it, crying to the point of turning blue again, and not being able to breath. As we waited for the ambulance, there was nothing more that could be done but wait,we waited for 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive . The reason I’m posting about this devastating event, is to let others know that even though you may think you will never need it, A CPR class is of the utmost importance. I tell you as a heart mom, as an everyday mom, as a mom that saw my sons life flash before my eyes, as a mom that had never thought she would need to do CPR on her child, that learning CPR is what every parent should be mandated to do after having a baby. Cardiac issues or not. Just like before you leave the hospital after having a baby you have to watch the shaken baby syndrome videos or how you have to go to a car seat class. It should be mandated that every parent learns CPR before leaving the hospital with their baby. You never know when something could happen to the point that you will need it, even if it’s not to save your child’s life but another. So I please ask you to think about taking a CPR class, no mom or parent should ever have to go through what we went through last night.
Rycker has been in and out of it since arriving to the hospital, he had another cyanotic episode last night where his lips and the lower half of his body turned blue, he went into brachycardia, which means his heart rate went below 60(it should be between 120-145) He is very weak. So again we are back in the hospital not knowing what the future holds, not knowing if our baby will have another episode or ever fully recover. I really don’t think my baby would even be here if it wasn’t for CPR. All I ask is for prayers and If you have never considered taking a CPR class please consider it, even if you never think you will have to use it, you just never know !
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We need to make a change in the policies, we need push parents to take Infant CPR. No parent should ever have to go through what we went through, I can’t imagine how many lives could have been saved just with one simple class!
People have been asking what can you do to help. If you would like to help our family with hospital and recovery costs you can donate to this fundraising page or you can donate to The Rycker’s Heart Heroes Foundation below. I will be doing something in the next month to hopefully get a group of people together to take a CPR class. If you are in the Pittsburgh or Beaver area and would like to take a CPR class please message me or fill out the contact form on the website below, if you are someone that can help make this possible or know an organization that we can work with, please message me or fill out the contact form.
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