Losing someone in the family is never a positive event. However, losing a child is unlike anything else. Children have their whole lives to live for and an entire world ahead of them. So it feels quite cruel when their lives end unexpectedly.
Unfortunately for parents Gemma Williams and Jason Thomas, this is something they have been through a few years back. According to Wales Online, in 2013, the parents lost their baby girl, Lexi, when she was just 12 weeks old.
The happy family was out shopping in March when their baby fell unconscious in her stroller.
The parents were aware that she wasn’t responsive, but at that point it was too late.
The mom told Waled Online, “I went to touch Lexi’s face but she didn’t react. Then I realized something wasn’t right and I shouted for help.”
While they impatiently waited for an ambulance, a stranger with medical training tried to revive her, but it didn’t work.
Doctors say that the tiny girl passed away from a very rare illness. It was discovered that she had total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage, an illness when very little oxygenated blood is pumped around the body.
But due to the fact that there was a large hole in her heart, doctors did not find the condition because a mixture of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood was in and around her body.
While this heartbreaking event has definitely shaped them for the remainder of their lives, they have managed to somehow recover from the immediate grief of the loss. They now have a son who is healthy and happy.
While life goes one, the couple has advocated strongly for the “pulse oximetry” test which monitors oxygen levels in the blood and could potentially identify fatal heart conditions like the one Lexi had in children.