A California mom has spoken out after losing her son to complications from RSV
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Mother from Southern California who lost her young son to RSV, is sharing her tragic story to warn other parents as the wave of the dangerous virus quickly spreads across the country.
“He really was just the best baby and the sweetest little soul. We loved him. We love him so much,” says Jessica Myers through tears.
Myers lost her son William on November 15th. He was only 6 weeks old.
“The RSV treatment ended up being too much for him. His little heart stopped and it took them a long time to get him back. When they did, my son was dead, so we had a few days to say goodbye to him ” says Myers.
William Myers was only a few weeks old when he contracted the virus. First came the congestion, then the cough. The couple then took their baby to crowded local hospital and they say they had to wait six hours before William was tested for RSV.
“When you get to the ER, you ask for an RSV test right away. It’s a two-minute nasal swab and a five-minute test. I mean, they came back and the minute they found out William had RSV, we saw a doctor within five minutes because they knew how much it seriously at that point,” says Myers.
When he tested positive for RSV, William was transferred to another hospital and intubated. He died just three days later.
“And that’s how serious people need to take this, that when we finally got to the emergency room and they called the hospitals in Southern California to find a room for my son, there were so many hospitals that they called that they just didn’t have a room.” says Myers.
“My son was born on October 3rd, a little early. Then my son officially passed away on November 15th, which was his due date. So, my son left the world the day he was supposed to enter it. It’s really, it really hurts,” says Myers.
Now, Myers is warning other parents about it this disease is very serious and encouraging families to take extra precautions this holiday season.
“I know it’s hard to say no to your family, especially around the holidays. But for my family, there will never be a Christmas. So for other families, I really want them to have other Christmases. There will be other Christmases. Just watch your kids,” Myers says.
In the past month alone, cases of RSV have exploded across the country. In one piece of good news, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the number of cases nationally is declining, but remains at a worrying level.
Rush into RSV, flu and COVID cases encourages a shortage of pediatric beds.
Many hospitals say they don’t have enough resources to cope with the influx. Over the past month, health care facilities in California, Oregon and Massachusetts have added overflow facilities, even erecting tents outside emergency rooms. Some had to postpone elective surgeries due to power surges.
Doctors say runny nose, cough, sneezing and fever are the main warning signs. But little William didn’t have a fever, so it fluctuates.
As we head into winter, doctors say prepare for a triple-demia, with cases of RSV, flu and COVID peaking in January.
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