Cameron's Story is Saving Lives Decal
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About Cameron's Story
April 27th 2013 started out as a normal Saturday for us. I was at
work while Rhett (my now ex boyfriend) had both my boys Cameron and
Connor. He took them to the park and to visit with family. Around
7pm when I got off work I called Rhett to tell him I was on my way
home. His phone went straight to voicemail. I figured it was just
dead and drove home. When I go home I started to get worried becaus...e
the car wasn't home and I had no idea where Rhett and the boys were.
His phone still continually went to voicemail. I called everyone I
knew and no one knew where they were. Finally I get a call from a
man stating he was a police officer. He told that my children and
boyfriend had been in an accident and I needed to hurry to the
hospital. I instantly started to panic and drove straight there.
When I arrived to our lady of the lake hospital in baton rouge there
was a police officer waiting at the ER gates to escort me through
the ER. That's when I realized that this can't be good. He sat me
down in an empty ER room and told me the specialist will be in to
speak with me. A lady came in and told me that my boyfriend had a
severe brain Injury and needed surgery to fix it and that his leg
was broke in five places and would also need surgery to correct
that. She then told me that my oldest son Connor had a broke arm and
was in shock still but he was expected to be fine. Then she left. I
asked every one that walked by about my baby Cameron. They kept
saying to wait a minute and they would send a doctor to come speak
to me about Cameron. A few minutes later a lady walked in with blood
her scrub top and this look that I will never forget. She told me
that Cameron was just a couple doors down. They were trying to
stabilize him but it doesn't look good. She told me that she wanted
to be straight up with me and that my beautiful baby boy may not
make it through the night. He was loosing a lot of blood and needed
surgery ASAP. She told me that they needed to open him up and figure
out where the blood was coming from. I was asked to sign a paper
allowing them to do surgery. I must have dropped that pen ten times
before I finished signing my name and they let me look at Cameron
before taking him to the OR. She told me to prepare myself. That he
didn't look good and that it may be the last time I see my child
alive. I walked in that room where they were working on him. He was
laying there still covered head to toe in blood. I could barely see
his face and they kept a blanket over his head and wouldn't let me
see it. I later found out why.
After collapsing in the ER
waiting on my family to arrive and then seeing Connor I was walked
to the OR where they were still working on Cameron. My family had
gotten to the hospital by now and was waiting with me. Many tears
were shed waiting to know if my baby was still alive. While we were
waiting two police officers came to talk to me about the accident.
They told me that the car had flipped many times and that Cameron
was found on the side of the road unresponsive............ Then
after back to back surgeries on Cam the surgeon pulled me and my
family in the conference room. He told me that my son was still
alive but he has a ton of injuries. He said that when Cameron hit
the ground he must have landed on his head causing him to bite his
tongue almost completely off. He had to suture it back on. After
they opened him up they realized that he had broke some ribs that
punctured a lung and his spleen. They had to remove his spleen and
fix his lung that had collapsed. They had to put him on a life
support machine (ventilator) and will have to continue any other
surgeries the next day because Cameron's little body couldn't handle
anymore. He was admitted into the PICU and Connor was admitted onto
the children's floor.
The second day my oldest Connor had
his arm fixed.... and right after that surgery Cameron had surgery
#3 . His brain began swell. They had to put a monitor into his skull
to measure the pressure.
The third day Cameron's swelling
became to much. The pressure on his brain was extremely to high and
he rushed back to emergency surgery #4. Brain surgery. They had to
remove part of his skull to relive some pressure or he would die.
This is the day when I was told just how bad Cameron's head injury
was. The neurosurgeon sat me and my family down to speak to us about
Cameron. He told us that Cameron's brain was completely bruised and
covered in lacerations. To make a long story short he told me my son
is will be a 'vegetable' for the rest of his life and will never
come off of life support. He told me that Cameron will never get
better and that he may actually get worse. I didn't think that was
possible. How could it get any worse. My world had fallen to pieces
in a matter of days and here this man is telling me that it may get
worse. Lets just say that that day was almost worse than the first.
The fourth day Connor was released from the hospital and
Cameron had surgery #5. They removed the monitor that was monitoring
cams pressure on his brain because they had done all they could do
and there was no reason to monitor it anymore.
Day after day
I prayed for my child. Millions prayed for him. Family and friends.
..even strangers... came to pray over my child. That was the only
hope we had. We needed a miracle. A few days after that I was told
some devastating news. Cameron's brain injury was so severe that his
body was not absorbing the nutrients they were giving him. I was
told that Cameron was starving himself to death. There were two
choices. Let him starve himself to death or take him off life
support and bypass that pain and misery.
I didn't give up
yet. I wanted a second opinion. Two specialists were flown in to
look at Cameron. I was hoping and praying that they would have
better news but they told me the same thing.
I had a
decision to make. I knew what needed to be done but I couldn't bring
myself to allow it. It wasn't until they let me hold Cam one day and
I had felt his spine and hips and tailbone through his clothes that
I realized I was being selfish. I couldn't let my son starve to
death just so I can have a few more days with him. That was no way
to go. He didn't deserve to suffer anymore. And that's when I made
the choice I had to make.
May 13th 2013 half of my heart
went to heaven. A day I will never forget. He passed away wearing a
monkey outfit, with his favorite bible cd playing, in a room full of
family and friends, while laying in my arms.
I was told by
the crime scene investigator that Cameron was not buckled properly.
Only the chest clip was fastened. Upon impact the chest clip broke
causing Cameron to come out his seat and be ejected from the car. He
told me that if Cameron would have been rear facing and buckled
properly that he would still be here today.
This is why I,
Holly Wagner (Cameron's Mom) am going to become a CPST in May 2014
and made this page. Cameron's story can save lives. I want his
memory to live on forever. The next time you fasten your child or
any child into a seat I want you to know that you have that child in
that seat the right way and that you are always traveling safely. I
don't want anybody to have to endure the pain and suffering that my
child and my family have been through.
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