The Daily Mail isn't always the most reliable source, but today they are reporting on a story out of Brazil where a 2-year-old boy woke up during his OWN wake, asked for water, and then fell back down and died. If the story is true, my heart breaks for this family in so many ways.
Losing a child is an unimaginable tragedy, and for most parents, it's the absolute worst nightmare. But this takes that even further. Can you imagine losing your baby, having that split second of terror and hope, and then losing him all over again?
There really are no words to say that can adequately express what that must have felt like to these parents, and my heart breaks for them. But there is more, too.
If this is true -- and it may not be -- what does that say about a hospital that can pronounce a child dead when he isn't? How would it even be possible that they could miss the signs that he was living?
It's chilling. As parents we expect the best in care for our babies and now I am sure these parents are left with the horrifying fear that something more could have been done for their child. Maybe he would have lived if only they hadn't given up so soon.
The hospital allegedly confirmed with Daily Mail that the boy was admitted in critical condition and was declared dead after suffering cardiac-respiratory failure, but it stops there.
No one besides those who were there really knows what happened at the wake. If the boy really did wake up and ask for water, any mother would be thinking that her child was lying there, thirsty and scared, and then to lose him again? It's almost beyond comprehension. No family should have to go through anything like this.
If it's true, then someone needs to pay for this. This isn't something anyone could ever just get past.
Do you think this story is true?
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