The first duty of a mother is to ensure the protection and welfare of her precious children. Holly Wagner from Louisiana believed she was doing just that while driving with her sons, 3-year-old Connor and 11-month-old Cameron. Both boys were strapped in, as always. Holly was not yet aware of an error that would later prove fatal.
On April 27th, 2013, Holly's boyfriend was driving with both children in the backseat. After realizing that he'd driven through a stop sign, he hit the brakes suddenly. Unfortunately, it was too late: the consequences were unavoidable. There was a collision with another car, which left Holly's boyfriend and her two sons hurt. Holly was at home when she received the tragic news from the police. She found out at the hospital that although her boyfriend and older son had suffered injuries, they would survive.
11-month-old Cameron's injuries were far more severe. Upon impact, the chest clip from the car seat had broken, causing the baby to be ejected from the car. Cameron underwent several emergency operations immediately following the accident, but the damage was too great.
The doctors presented Holly with the most difficult decision of her life: either allow her baby to die in the next days, or agree to stop life support. Her heart broke as she agreed to turn off the machines, but she knew that could not continue to watch her son suffer. On May 13th, baby Cameron passed away in Holly's arms.
Holly learned from the police what ultimately caused her son to die: the buckle of the car seat was too high, the strap was too loose, and the seat itself was too big for her baby. But the biggest mistake was that baby was sitting in a forward-facing seat. Babies and toddlers cannot adjust to impact forces due to the size of their heads. Children younger than 4 years should always be strapped into a rear-facing, or "Reboard" car seat. This type of seat ensures that, if a collision happens, the impact is more evenly distributed over the body.
Only weeks before the devastating accident, Holly posted a photo showing her son sitting in a completely unsuitable car seat. Nobody noticed the error or warned the mother, who believed she was doing everything right. Today, Holly is committed to saving parents from the suffering she experienced. Using social media as a platform, she shows how to correctly transport children, provides tips, and gives interviews.
Unfortunately, many parents continue to make the same mistakes when it comes to strapping in their children, and choosing the correct seat. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to be well-informed when buying. No parent should ever experience losing a child due to such an error.
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