Queensland Emerald baby has suffered a serious brain injury and will never walk and talk again after eating mango
An eight-month-old baby is severely brain damaged and will never walk or talk after choking on an everyday healthy snack.
The life-changing incident happened when mother-of-two Stephanie Johnson fed her two daughters Rani, eight months, and Millie, three, at their Emerald home nine hours northwest of Brisbane, Queensland on the afternoon of April 26.
But baby Rani suddenly started choking on a piece of mango that was in the back of her throat and couldn’t be removed.
Ms. Johnson’s partner Rogan Macdonald performed CPR on Rani before paramedics arrived to take the child to the hospital.
Ms. Johnson kisses Rani. “We live every day hoping for a medical miracle for Rani, but we have been told she will no longer walk or speak for herself,” she said.
Due to the lack of oxygen, Rani’s brain has received “extensive damage”, meaning she can never walk or talk again.
To make matters worse, she will have to go through a nasal tube for the rest of her life and is likely to be both blind and deaf.
Ms. Johnson remembered the horrifying moment when Rani started choking and said she immediately went into “freak-out mode.”
She ran outside to call her partner, Mr. Macdonald, who ran in to give his daughter life-saving CPR.
“He grabbed Rani and tried to do everything to get it out and then I called an ambulance and he started CPR on babies,” said Ms. Johnson The courier post.
Mr. Macdonald performed CPR on his daughter for five minutes before the Queensland Ambulance arrived on site.
Ms. Johnson accompanied Rani with the paramedics to Emerald Hospital, where the baby received six hours of initial treatment
The mother and daughter were later flown to Queensland Children’s Hospital, where Rani was in a coma for days.
Rani’s grandmother, her father Rogan Macdonald, mother Stephanie Johnson and three-year-old sister Millie comfort her in the hospital. Her father performed life-saving CPR before coming to the hospital
On day four in the hospital, a heartbreaking MRI revealed the true extent of Rani’s brain damage from the lack of oxygen.
“They told us to start with the fact that her brain injury would be moderate to severe, but after a second MRI they said it was a very serious disability,” Johnson told The Courier Mail.
“We live every day hoping for a medical miracle for Rani, but we have been told that she will no longer walk or talk herself.”
A GoFundMe page called “Our beautiful Rani” was founded by friends of the family to support Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Macdonald and their two daughters.
“Rogan, Steph, Millie and Rani have a huge road ahead and it’s likely that Rani has been in the hospital for 12 months or more,” the page read.
“To ease the burden and keep the family unit together for as long as possible, we set up this GoFundMePage and I’m sure they really appreciate everything you can give.
“We live every day hoping that beautiful Rani will be a medical miracle. Your love, prayers and thoughts are valued in this most difficult time. ‘
Since the page was created on May 3, the page has reached $ 42,266 in funds, exceeding the $ 30,000 goal.
Ms. Johnson thanked family, friends, and outright strangers who offered to help a family of four on May 16.
“We are so thankful for all of our family and friends and complete strangers who contact us and keep Rani in your mind,” Johnson wrote on Facebook.
In addition to financial support, people have fed their dogs, mowed their lawns, provided hot meals at the hospital and toys for Rani and Millie.
The mother advocates that all parents learn CPR as it can save a loved one’s life.
“If you have done the first aid course or CPR lately or not at all, do it as soon as possible because it can save the life of a loved one or a total stranger,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Don’t think it won’t happen to you for a second, because your life can change in a second.”