A familiar scene- First Responders at the scene of a child forgotten in the back seat. A National Epidemic
So far, 791 children have died since 1998 as a result of vehicular heat stroke, or as I refer to it as Baby Heat Stroke. This year is getting close to setting an all-time record for the number of deaths for one year. Only 2009 was more deadly, with
ALMOST A RECORD NUMBER OF CHILD DEATHS NATIONWIDE (AS MEASURED BY DR. JAN NULL, METEOROLOGIST A CHILD-SAFETY EXPERT.
Notice the large number of deaths this year in South Carolina. This year they lead the nation, sadly with 6 child deaths. Florida comes in second place with five deaths. Nearly all of these deaths could have been avoided. That south eastern part of the country has been hit with a heat wave, making this epidemic even worse.
These tragedies, the pain, simply can not be described. A police chief, when describing the condition of the parents of Lily Aracic, of Moraga, California stated that the parents were "devastated" and said that his police officers were "not that far behind'. Seeing the contorted bodies of these dead children, left behind because a driver is distracted, or simply in a rush, is absolute CHILD ABUSE of the worst kind. These deaths can be slow, agonizingly painful. One child that I know of locally, was found after an hour of being trapped in the family car. He was in such great pain, that he had deep bit marks on both of his arms when treated by paramedics- that was the only way he could deal with the pain of suffering from extreme heat.
Please, pass the word along- "Look before you lock."
Thank you again Dr. Null, for your statistics.