I would like to introduce you to Brayden.
Original Story 3/13
My son Brayden suffered from shaken baby syndrome at the hands of his father on March 6, 2009. His father was watching him while I was the the ER with my other two children or their asthma problems. Upon returning home I found his dad standing over him and looked down to see my baby who just turned four months old that day was having a seizure. I am very familiar with seizures because I have a handicap brother who had seizures my entire life. I called 911 and held my little baby close to my ear because he was barely breathing. WHile on the phone with 911 he stopped breathing in my arms. His body was so lifeless I will never forget the images of my son laying limp in my arms. I blew breath into his little mouth to keep him breathing until the paramedics arrived. They took him by ambulance to childrens mercy hospital. At the er they discovered upon doing a cat scan of my infants head that he had to subdural hemotomas. One old and one new. (also known as brain bleeds) The old one was estimated at about a month old so he was three mths and the second was done that day. They told me that my son had a very slim chance at survival and that if he did live he would have cerebal palsey or be a vegetable. They had to insert a stunt in his brain and drain 5cc’s of blood so they could relieve the pressure. A long story short my son did recover 100% by the grace of god. And nothing else the opthamologists were baffled and couldn’t believe that he had recovered so well and their was no sign at all on his cat scan of his previous trauma People say I am lucky and yes I am. But I am still in pain every day. I cannot seem to get over or move past what my baby went through. I feel as if my heart is bleeding. And their is not way to fix it. We are finally going to trial against his father in june. I hope this will bring me some closure for my heart to begin to heal once again. My x is being charged with a class a felony assault in the first degree which in Missouri carries a sentence of 10-20years to life. The reason he is being charged so severely is because he confessed to me what he did to our son and I secretly recorded his confession and gave it to the detective. So instead of a class c felony child abuse he got a class a which is what all these monsters should get. THanks for listening I have been hoping that speaking to others who went through similar situations as I have will help ease my pain as well just to know that someone understands !!! Yesterday my son who wasn’t suppose to recover or succeed at anything had his pre-k evaluation and he is advanced. I am so thankful to god and everyone who prayed for us during this difficult time. Keep praying trial begins June 11, 2013!!! We are going to trial the prosecutor offered him 15 yrs which he declined so we are going for 30 in trial. god bless
Brayden is doing very well and is extremely happy. He has two parents who love him endlessly. Only permanent issue he is dealing with is blindness. The trial didn’t go well at all. The father was let off on all charges even though he wrote a detailed confession letter of how he threw our baby. As well as a tape recorded confession. Our justice system is a joke when it comes to kids. However, he did agree to relinquish rights.
I would like to introduce you to Wil.
So I’m about to get really real with y’all. Today is April 1st, which means it’s Child Abuse Awareness month and Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention month as well. I’m sure most of you are thinking “where’s the trigger warning?” Well there is none. This is raw. This is real.
We see commercials on tv all the time talking about “standing up for animals” and “animals can’t speak for themselves”, well guess what? Neither can babies. I am bringing awareness to this because it is so serious.
My little 27 weeker was such a fighter but at only 13 months old he couldn’t fight against his abuser. He was shaken, starved weighing only 13lbs at 13mos, had a bedsore on his tailbone, skull fractures, bilateral retinal hemorrhages, brain bleeds, broken arm and broken nose. But here is the issue. His abuser didn’t serve any time in prison-“they can’t find her”. If she would have tortured an adult I’m sure they would have looked harder for her. She didn’t even visit him in the hospital or go to any court hearings. There is no “child Abuse offender” list and nothing to stop her from doing it again to another innocent child. But despite him doing well, he will forever have complications due to her horrible actions. She doesn’t worry about impulse issues, behavior issues, therapy, appointments, etc. She doesn’t have to fight hard for everything to make his life the best life possible. She doesn’t go to sleep wondering if the impulse and behavior issues from being shaken will always be a worry/concern as he grows older. I love Wil and can’t imagine life without him. As a friend put it, his worst day was also his best because he was removed from the situation he was born into.
The month of April will bring awareness to situations like ours. Maybe implementing stricter laws or databases for offenders. Maybe ways to slow down the number of abuse cases by bringing awareness.
So, if you dont mind, sharing the little blue ribbon, wearing blue, or putting a blue pinwheel outside, and bringing awareness to the world.
Make Child Abuse Prevention Viral. Because being a child shouldn’t hurt.
I would like to introduce you to Deleysa.
Original Story 1/31/15
Sharing a story of an SBS survivor as told by this toddlers aunt Claudia Valadez; in a letter she writes:
Deleysa Marin born in Weslaco Tx Dec. 19Th 2012. At 4 months of age she was violently shaken causing her to stop breathing. According to EMS she had stopped breathing for at least 20 mins before they arrived there. I do not know how they got her to start breathing. Apparently her dad had been giving her CPR and thats what helped a little. Deleysas mom (my sister) was a senior in highschool and was doing finals that day when she got that call that every parent dreads. She was airlifted to Mcallen tx where we were told if she was to stay in that hospital the only thing we could do was wait for her to pass because the drs there could not do anything to help her. Decisions where taken and she was transported to Texas childrens hospital in Houston Tx by the kangaroo team. Drs never tried to do anything to help the brain swelling go down drs kept telling us that the best thing to do was to disconnect her because the quality of life she was going to have was not worth living for. She spent nearly two months at this hospital and these two months we had a whole army of prayer warriors praying day and night for Deleysa. Honestly God heard our prayers Deleysa is alive because of all our prayers because drs at this hospital gave up on Deleysa. Actually they never even tried. Deleysais 2 now and is blind and has a g tube. She cant walk she cant talk and she cant do things any 2 yr old does. But she can smile…and her smile is so big it can brighten anyone’s day we continue to pray for a full recovery because we know that God never leaves His miracles half way…..Deleysa is a living testimony of Gods power and love for us. I know most of you will want to know who did this to Deleysa but that is something we prefer not to talk about. All i can say is that it was not her mom (she was in school when Deleysa was hurt) and that the person who did this unfortunately did not face the law. But we are more than grateful with our Lord that Deleysa is alive. Thankyou all in advance for your support.
Deleysa is now 3 years old as a result of her injuries she is blind, can’t walk or talk, she requires a feeding tube for nutrition, severe scoliosis and a wheelchair to get around. Although Deleysa can not do anything a typically 3 year old can do she is still the light of her family and her smile radiates pure love. The person who caused this damage to Deleysa never faced any criminal charges however, the person is also no longer in Deleysa’s life. She is now safe from harm. Deleysa is making improvements slowly. Although she still is dependent on a feeding tube she is taking some baby food by mouth. Deleysa receives therapy 3 times a week to help her maintain her skills and potential improve.
Deleysa has become more vocal and more alert with her surroundings. She will be having her Kinder Graduation in May. She is able to cope more with new things and tolerate changes better. She is healthy and working on meeting goals.
I would like to introduce you to Averik.
I would like to introduce you to Zachary.
Original Story 9/17/12
This is my son Zachary, now currently 4, Zachary was shaken when he was 2 months old by his father while I was at work. He was in ICU for 2 weeks and was not supposed to survive. Due to being shaken he is not partially blind in his right eye and developmentally delayed. When he was admitted into the hospital he has two massive subdural hemotomas severe retinal hemoraging and a fractured rib. Everyday that I wake up to his beautiful face I know I am truly blessed and his purpose is greater than I could ever imagine. Zachary is doing so much better then anyone ever expected, he still sees a physical therapist, speech therapist and OT, he is currently in ESE pre-k but everyday is progression and we refuse to give up. He is my miracle and I couldnt ask for a more wonderful child!
Zachary is now 11 and turning 12 soon, he is the sweetest most caring child ever. We still have our struggles but he learns something new everyday, enjoys playing with his little brother and watching you tube videos like any other kid these days. He continues to amaze me every day with how far he has come.