BOSTON. Lovely Charlotte is a happy smiling 14 month old baby. She lights up watching Cocomelon on TV. Emily’s mom says she’s always like that; Dreams Come True. But protecting this precious child from the rampantwas a mother’s nightmare.
“I am literally traumatized. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. It’s so scary,” said Emily Sauro emotionally.
Charlotte was just seven weeks old last October when a respiratory virus brought them to the emergency room. Emily knew what to look out for after her oldest son had RSV in the past. With Charlotte, the mother said they were about to leave when her baby stopped breathing.
“I just remember looking down and seeing her like this and screaming. There were only a million people everywhere then,” she recalls.
Charlotte spent two and a half weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit at Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.
“They are connected to a million machines. That breath sounds like their last breath, that’s the only way I can describe it,” Emily said sadly.
Charlotte continues to require nebulizer or inhaler treatment twice a day throughout the year. She is unable to attend daycare and the family is still taking precautions at their home in Grafton.
“When your newborn is not breathing in your arms, it feels like an eternity,” the mother added.
As cases rise in the lead-up to the holidays, she urges young parents to remain vigilant. Be a squeaky wheel if you suspect something is wrong. Nobody knows your child like you do.
Emily said, “One second it can be okay, and the next it’s something else.”