“My baby died tonight.” This was a mom’s opening line to a moving post recounting how her one-year-old son identified as Hank died after chocking on a banana muffin.
Ashton Zager from North Carolina in the US shared the sad story in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.
Zager recounted how she had done everything including calling the 911 but the boy eventually died.
Here is the moving Facebook post penned on Tuesday, September 17:
My baby died tonight. Hank died. And I’m still in shock so I’m writing it now. He died.
He choked on a muffin. An ordinary muffin.
My child who inhaled bananas and oranges and all the scary foods with ease choked on a single bite of banana muffin.
911 was called right away. And the hymlich was performed. And he never lost consciousness with us so when we got to the hospital we thought it was going to be okay. But it was not.
They worked on him for almost 3 hours I think. I’m still really confused why they couldn’t just pluck the single bite of muffin from his throat but they couldn’t.
And his heart gave out. And they performed compressions for nearly an hour before they called us back in to tell us we could hold his hand while they performed compressions for 2 more minutes.
I sang to him during that time. Cried to him. Yelled at him that his story was not over. That he wasn’t ever supposed to happen so it didn’t make sense this would be the end of his story.
He was supposed to go on and have an incredible story. His brother, who named him needed him to come home and continue to be his sidekick.
That’s why we named him Hank Watson. I told him to come back. He didn’t come back.
I’m still in shock. I think I’d like to never come out of it. Our people are here. Taking care of us.
I don’t know what tomorrow will look like or where this journey will go. I just feel like I want to tell everyone.
Because maybe they could just mourn for me and I won’t have to feel it. Maybe this is a nightmare I’ll wake up from tomorrow.
I know that we live in a broken world and broken things happen. And the Lord loves me. And He loves Hank.
And I don’t want anyone to tell me there’s a reason for this because sometimes bad things are just bad things that coexist with good things. And that’s okay. And I’m mad and I’m sad and I’m very very confused.
Netizens in their hundreds comforted her for the loss and promised to stand with her in prayers.
According to Mayo Clinic Choking occurs when a foreign object lodges in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air.
It is a common cause of injury and death in young children, primarily because their small airways are easily obstructed.