A grief-stricken mum has taken to Facebook to warm parents of the possible dangers of leaving blankets in cots, following the death of her seven-month-old son.
Jordan De Rosier initially did not want to speak publicly about son Sloan’s death, because of ‘guilt and fear of condemnation of others’. However, with an array of social media users blaming vaccines for her son’s death, she felt compelled to speak out about the truth of how he died.
"To those who keep commenting and messaging, trying to blame vaccines for our son’s death – stop. I will not allow anyone to try and place blame where it does not belong," an emotional Jordan wrote.
She went on to explain that it was not vaccines that killed her son. After his great-grandmother had put him to bed, Sloan had somehow pulled a blanket through the rails of the crib, and suffocated.
“Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket. Please. He was seven months old. I thought because he was crawling, standing on his own, and climbing, that he would be fine with a blanket,” she continued.
She posted a picture of herself, distraught with tears in her eyes, along with Sloan’s older brother.
“This is the face of immense, unfathomable grief, the face of longing, of heartbreak, of self-inflicted GUILT," she added.
“I will NEVER stop feeling responsible. I will relive this for the rest of my life knowing EXACTLY what I could have done differently. Please learn from my world-shattering mistake.”
Prior to her post, Jordan wrote a touching and heartbreaking eulogy to her son: "Our sweet rainbow warrior, your short time on this Earth blessed so many. You were a gift to all who knew you, and an inspiration to all who didn't. Your death has impacted this world, it has left an emptiness felt by so many. Proof that you held with you so much light and grace,”
“You were not able to live out our dreams for you, yet our dreams are where we will find you forever. We will forever be caught in this space between worlds, the space you now exist for us. Our longing for you is eternal, if only your life had been.
"You're in the sun, the clouds, the rain. You're every ray, every shadow, every drop we will ever see again.”
Social media users shared Jordan's post 10,000 times, and she received a flood of heartfelt messages of condolence and support.
One wrote, “I applaud your effort to spread awareness in order to save others the tremendous grief and woe your family has endured.”
“So sorry for your loss. This is truly heartbreaking as well as eye-opening. I also assumed that if a baby was old enough to crawl, they could have a blanket...mine are all over two now, but I have lots of family that has babies and will be sharing this important info.” another added.
Our hearts go out to Jordan at this time.