Durant baby diagnosed with RSV on life support days later

Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 10:23 PM CST
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A Durant couple is living every parent's worst nightmare.

Last Monday their baby got a cough, just a week later, he's on life support.

It all started when Destiny Dodson and Jakob Garland found out their 3-year-old daughter had respiratory syncytial virus infection, or RSV.

She was staying with grandparents to protect their completely healthy 2-month-old baby.

Several days later, he tested positive.

"A few days had passed and he developed a cough," Garland said.

That was the first sign Jakobi was sick, so they took him to the doctor.

"Once we got there, the pediatrician decided it would be best to not test him for RSV at that point because she didn't think that he could have got it from her," Garland said.

They were sent home.

Later that night, a high fever sent him to the emergency room. He tested negative and they were sent home.

"I wish they would have just kept him. Don't let him leave. Just because they seem like they're getting better doesn't mean they're getting better," Garland said.

The next day they went back to the doctor, where he tested positive for RSV.

Again, they were sent home and told to give him medicine and breathing treatments.

"When you go see pediatricians or when you go see a doctor, and they tell you he's okay and they tell you he's fine, I take that to heart. And say okay, that's what it is," Garland said.

For three days, they treated him at home, until his temperature dropped and he stopped breathing.

His mom performed CPR on the way to the hospital and his dad called 911.

"Trying to explain to her that I'm coming and they need to be ready. Because I don't know if he's still alive or we didn't know if he was coming back," Garland said.

Thursday he was put into a medically induced coma on life support.

Since then they've been at Medical City in Dallas.

"I would do anything to, I can't even hold him. I can't touch him you know, it's hard," Dodson said.

Their message for parents: trust your gut.

"I know he's going to live. As long as he lives, it's okay. But right now, we just need to be okay. And I just don't want anyone else to have to do this," Garland said.

They're asking for prayers for baby Jakobi.

You can find a link to their GoFundMe page


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