Mother Shares Her Son's Story of Survival From Shaken Baby Syndrome
Today the Benton Franklin Safe Kids Coalition donates472 purple hats to Kadlec Regional Medical Center to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome.
Kristin Faught is a nurse at Kadlec and mother of a son who suffered shaken baby syndrome.
She says 21 years ago while working as a labor nurse she left home to help deliver twins.
An hour after she left her husband lost his temper and shook their baby boy Bryan.
Bryan survived but struggles with seizures, is confined to a wheel chair and no longer has vision.
Faught said that day she left for the hospital was the last time her son ever got to see her. "He's not going to get off of life in this body just because of good behavior. I kind of compare it to people who are incarcerated he is kind of trapped in his own imprisoned body that doesn't work. And it shouldn't have been that way. He was innocent he was five and a half weeks old it shouldn't have happened. It shouldn't have happened," said Faught.
At the hospital Faught now teaches families how to handle their babies and avoid looosing their temper.
The purple hats donated today are put on newborns as a reminder of the efects shaken baby syndrome.
Kadlec also presents parents with information about the period of purple crying, a program that helps explain infant crying and coping methods.
Faught contines to share her story in hopes that will break through to at least one person and save a baby from being shaken