Little Jax was 10 months old when he and his mother Zoe, from Melbourne, Australia, were involved in a horrific car accident that left the boy with a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and torn ligaments in his neck
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A mother whose son was fighting for his life after a horrific accident with severe head trauma has shared a car seat warning she believes saved his life.
Zoe, from Melbourne, Australia, and her 10-month-old boy, Jax, were in a horrific accident in July 2020 that left the boy with a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and torn ligaments in his neck.
Despite his horrific injuries, Zoe believes the impact could have killed him had Jax not been strapped in the car facing the rear of the vehicle.
Zoe – who says she has buckled Jax backwards since he was born – shared the safety alert with CPR children from the First Aid Service as many families head out on long car journeys over the Easter weekend.
Speaking of the day of the accident two years ago, Zoe said: “I put Jax in his seat, did a pinch test on his seat belts and then made my way over to my parents’ house like I’ve done so many times in the past, though we never made it there this time.
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“Instead, the next thing I remembered was men putting me in an ambulance and telling me I was in an accident. Jax was nowhere to be seen and all they told me was he was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
“After spending the night in the hospital myself, I was finally allowed to visit him.
“Nothing could have prepared me to see my little man in this huge bed with so many tubes and wires everywhere.
“He had a fractured skull, a cerebral hemorrhage, hypertension in the brain and a torn ligament in his neck.
“It was a lot to process, I had no memory of what happened and suddenly I could lose my beloved boy.
“It was a back and forth for a while, but four surgeries, four weeks in the hospital and many tears later, I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my boy home with no lasting problems.”
Zoe said “not a day goes by” that she doesn’t think about how her life would have been completely different if she hadn’t known how to “keep it backwards.”
She said that after the accident, the doctors told her that little Jax would not have survived if he had been standing in front of the vehicle.
Zoe added: “So if you’ve already started looking forward to your little one, please reconsider.
“It’s safest to keep your child rear-facing until they reach the forward-facing markings on your car seat (this could mean you can keep your child rear-facing in Victoria for up to 4 years).”
CPR Kids said they spoke to Zoe last year to get an update on Jax’s condition.
Zoe told them: “We recently had an MRI and the neurosurgeon is very happy with it. There was nothing to worry about, which was a huge relief!
“Jax is really just an average toddler now. He is developmentally delayed in speaking (non-verbal atm) and severely delayed in walking. Was it because of the head trauma? We will never know. But he thrives in all other areas!
“I’m very grateful to still have him in my life and I can still hear him laugh and watch him grow. I feel very fortunate to know about ERF and will continue to RF him until he hits all the height markers.”
CPR Kids wrote on Facebook: “We’re sharing this again now as an important reminder for everyone who’s going on road trips over Easter. Car seat safety is so important.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/mum-issues-car-seat-warning-26729247 Mom issues car seat warning after son, 10 months, fights for life after accident - World News