Baby Mason & Shaken Baby Syndrome – Monday, May 4, 2015
- 1/3 – severely disabled
- 1/3 – moderately disabled
- 1/3 – mild or no symptoms
- 82% – retinal hemorrhages
The National Center of Shaken Baby Syndrome says that shaken baby syndrome is when the brain rotates within the skull cavity, injuring or destroying, the brain tissue. When shaking occurs, blood vessels feeding the brain can be torn, leading to bleeding around the brain. Blood pools within the skull sometimes create more pressure within the skull and can cause additional brain damage.
Jeremy Sennhauser, Mason’s father, joins Jimmy and Lisa on the show today. Jeremy suspects that Mason is living with shaken baby syndrome. Jeremy said Mason endured possibly life changing injuries early March and is still at A.I. Dupont. Mason is only 16 months old and continues to show how strong he is everyday. Delaware State Police say that the case is still under investigation and no charges have been made.
Jeremy is now bringing awareness to the condition hoping that other families can learn from this event.
Jeremy got a phone call saying that his youngest son, Mason, was at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. dealing with what they thought was a stroke. Doctors later confirmed that Mason was actually having a stroke. Jeremy said, “It was like a nightmare you just want to wake up from.”
Jeremy said Mason goes through occupational, speech, and physical therapy everyday to help get him back on track. Jeremy said the pressure in Mason’s head was building up so much that they had to remove it from his head and he also had a GI tube put into his stomach because he was having difficulties eating. They are hoping to put the skull piece back in on June 1st.
The goal is to have Mason come home by the end of summer. Jeremy says thanks to everyone for the prayers and to keep them coming.
Spotting Shaken Baby Syndrome:
- change in sleeping pattern
- inability to nurse or eat
- loss of consciousness
- breathing problems
- no pulse