December 4th, 2007, Jessica Sherwood had to do something no mother should ever have to do.
At 2:29 pm Jessica made a very tough, but the right decision to take her little 3 month old daughter off life support.
In memory of little London Marie.
Jessica had a message that I want every one to know...
This is what jessica said:
IF ANYONE HAS KIDS MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THEM WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. DONT GIVE THEM TO ANYONE THAT YOU DONT TRUST... I THOUGHT I TRUSTED JOSH... BUT NOW AS OF 12-4-07 AT 2:29AM SHE IS GONE... MY ONE AND ONLY BABY... I LOST THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, MY BABY GIRL.... SHE DIED ON HER 3 MONTH BIRTHDAY...
She had 6 fractured ribs. Both of her legs were fractured, and her brain was so damaged that if she were to live she would be a vegetable. So I did what was right for her and took her off life support.
THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME. REMEMBER THAT!
For those of you who dont know what Shaken Baby Syndrome is...read this:
Shaking, jerking and jolting can cause blood vessels in the head to tear or burst.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is the shaking of an infant or child by the arms, legs, or shoulders with or without impact of the head. This trauma can result in bleeding and brain injury with no outward signs of abuse.
Often frustrated caregivers feel that shaking a baby or small child is a harmless way to make the child stop crying. However, a baby's brain and blood vessels are vulnerable to whiplash motions, such as shaking, jerking, jolting, and impact. The neck muscles of an infant or small child are weak, so the child's head is relatively heavy and the neck cannot support the stress of shaking or impact.
Shaking a very young child, with or without impact of the head, can cause irreversible brain damage, blindness, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, seizures, learning disabilities, and even death. It is tragic that healthy, intelligent babies are suffering these disabilities simply because their caregivers don't know about the dangers associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occur each year in the United States. Only 1 out of 4 babies dies of SBS. HOWEVER, the other three babies will need ongoing medical attention for the rest of their short lifespans.
I don't care if there's a medical term for it, but the rule is: You don't shake a baby till it's unconscience! You don't know if you've cause internal damage just because the baby stopped crying. For all you know the baby's neck could be snapped.
It's a sure thing that baby's are going to cry. If a person can't handled it, don't have one or two. I wouldn't trust an outsider taken care of my child regardless of their credentials. Murderers come with smiles, and nowadays you have to question everybody. I wouldn't want to raise a child in these tumultuous times, but that's just me. If I did decide to raise a child it would have to be in a remote area away from the insanity, and again that's just my opinion.
"If I ever see someone shaking an infant or being abusive... I'm going to walk up to them and give'um a beatin', but that's just me."
R.I.P. London Marie