Cameron was born on the 04th September 2004 a happy healthy little boy. At 2 weeks old he developed his first of many chest infections. After many trips to doctors he was given his first inhalers at age 8 months. He was not officially diagnosed with Asthma until he was 2. At this point we were referred to a consultant and had regular check-ups every 3 months to manage his Asthma and ensure he was getting the appropriate treatment.
At aged three he had his first Asthma attack which resulted in Cameron been admitted onto the children’s ward at HRI. Cameron never let his Asthma stand in his way, after reassurance from his doctor Cameron joined a football team which he absolutely loved. Cameron was very well educated with his Asthma and knew his limits on and off the pitch, he would always tell us when he was struggling to breathe and never complained if he couldn’t play. His asthma was very well managed with inhaler’s, he very rarely had an asthma attack.
On November 26th 2014 it was a standard Wednesday night. Cameron was fit and well with no signs of any asthmatic symptoms. He went off to join his friends for football training, I waved him off and waited with the other mums. After 20 minutes Cameron was brought in struggling to breathe. His coach told me he had his inhaler 4 times, I gave him another 6 while an ambulance was called. Unfortunately whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive Cameron lost consciousness and CPR had to be performed. He was in cardiac arrest for 15 minutes, although he was brought back it was not enough.
We were transferred to Leeds General PICU where Cameron stayed for four days. He was in a medically induced coma to allow his brain to recover. Unfortunately after 2 days he started to deteriorate and a scan revealed extensive brain damage… my beautiful boy was not going to recover. We were then faced with the worst decision for any parent and that was to let him go. He was not going to get better. As heart-breaking as it was it was the only thing we could do. On November 30th 2014 I laid with my beautiful boy one last time and said my goodbyes.
This is Cameron’s story and one that I want to share to make people aware just how under estimated Asthma can be. In 15 short minutes my beautiful boy was taken away and there was no warning what so ever that it was coming. Asthma is not just a little blue pump that makes things all better and I hope by people reading Cameron’s story they will become more aware of Asthma and the devastation it can bring.