2002-07-27 / Letters

Thanks For Saving Son

Thanks For Saving Son

Dear Editor;

Last Saturday, like any other Saturday, I packed my boys up and headed for the beach with the neighbors. Little did I know that my 18 month old, Timmy was coming down with Tonsillitis, when we left for the beach he was fine. After about 1 hour and a half, Timmy sat on my lap, still not thinking anything was wrong with him (being that he was just chasing seagulls) I thought maybe he was just ready for a nap, until I noticed the way he was looking at me, he didn't look right, then his eyes started to roll back, eyebrows were twitching, his body was limp. My son was going into a Febrile Seizure. I panicked. But the people on the beach didn't. I have to thank all of the lifeguards, FDNY (116 Street House), EMT and the people who were just bathing on the beach who ran over and knew what to do and how to handle the situation. The moment is a blur, it all happen so fast that of course the main memory in my head is how my son looked and how I felt. But I do remember Matt/FDNY who really had a handle on the situation, a man in the black tank next to Matt a woman in a black bathing suit who was calming, people running over with water. There were others around Timmy who I believe were lifeguards but I can't see faces or remember if anyone else told me their names. My friend MaryJo, who was a great help that day, and my brother Tom. My sister Erin who sat in the ER with me.

My husband Joe and I want to thank everybody for being there that day and helping our son. I don't know what I would have done without any of you. If I pass you by on the beach or anywhere please stop me and remind me who you are so that I can thank you personally.

Timmy is doing great, and it winds up that the fever hit him fast and hard and that is how a 1-5 year old can sometimes react to a high fever. The ER nurses, CT Tech and doctors at St. John's were great!!!

I consider myself lucky to have been on the beach that day and not at home alone.

Thank you all, again and again.


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