A mother in England has gone public with the story of her child's near-fatal brush with heat stroke.
What makes the story unusual is that the child had not been outside, and was in the presumed safety of her own bedroom at the time, reports the Daily Mail.
"Infants and children younger than 4 and adults older than 65 are at higher risk of heat exhaustion," according to the Mayo Clinic website. "The body's ability to regulate its temperature isn't fully developed in the young and may be reduced by illness, medications or other factors in older adults."
The mother, Jennifer Abma, posted a photograph of her young daughter, Anastasia, on social media as a warning to other parents. The caption to her Instagram post includes details of the incident:
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This was my evening, this was the scariest moment I've had to imagine, this is severe heatstroke. There is nothing scarier than not being able to wake your baby up. This is clear proof a child doesn't need to be in the sun to get heat stroke. It took us 20 minutes to wake her up, when ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn't know what to expect as did I. This was proof how fast things change.' Anastasia put herself for a nap. I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up soaked in sweat, red face, boiling and unable to wake her for 15 minutes, ambulance arrived faster then I could have ever imagined and took her sugars which were 1.2 and should be above 4, they administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying, clearly scared.
Abma does not explain how Anastasia's bedroom got so hot, but says it's tough not to feel responsible. "No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself," she said. "This is a lesson learnt and hopefully other parents can take something from this and make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car."
The Seattle Children's Hospital notes that "being indoors without air-conditioning during heat waves" is a risk factor for heat stroke. But whether or not Anastasia's room was air conditioned at the time is not mentioned in Abma's post, nor is noted what the outside temperature was.
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The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin notes that some children "are more susceptible than others to heat-related illnesses." That includes children who "have chronic health conditions, take certain medications, are overweight or obese, wear heavy clothing, such as marching band or football uniforms, during physical activity, [or] have had a heat-related illness before."
Abma's message, which has been shared more than 11,000 times on Facebook since it was posted on July 14, does not indicate if Anastasia had any of these risk factors.