Nash's funeral is today. Nash was just two and half months old. Below is Nash's story, as told by his father, Dr. Brandon Perry. Please keep Nash's family in your prayers.
Nash Brandon Perry
October 26, 2015 - January 17, 2016
My name is Dr. Brandon Perry. I'm an Internal Medicine Doctor, scientist, loving husband, and father. My wife and I are also one of the many unfortunate couples who have lost an infant to SIDS. Nash Brandon Perry was born on 10/26/2015 and taken from us on 1/17/16. Nash was put down on his back for a nap, when I checked on him about an hour later I found my son face down, arms straight down at his sides and legs straight out. I knew something was wrong. I ran, picked him up and immediately saw the horror that was my precious baby boy dead, blue in the face, with blood coming out of his nose. I attempted CPR until EMS arrived but it was too late.
Now, maybe it is my grief just looking for answers or something to blame, but there are so many things that just don't add up. My son never rolled over except twice while throwing a fit and throwing himself around, never while sleeping. I was one room away, he never screamed or cried. Although he was only 2.5 months he had a strong neck. He could hold it up and he could definitely turn it to the side. He had slept the same way many times with no problems. He had no underlying medical problems. My research has found dozens of similar, horrible stories from other parents.
Now, I could just write it off as God's will or bad luck. But like I said, I'm a scientist, I'm a doctor. There are some very disconcerning similarities between my son's death and a lot of the SIDS deaths I have read about. A lot of those people were told, "well that's just coincidence because the highest incidence of SIDS is between 2 and 6 months." But what if it's not coincidence? What if we (doctors) are doing routine things to our babies that put them at higher risk that could easily be adjusted to lower the risk, i.e. not giving 8-12 vaccines at one doctors visit to infants. What if Nash, and some other SIDS victims, had some predisposition that made them susceptible to reacting badly to that much vaccine at one time. I am in no way anti-vaccine because they have saved millions of lives, but what if giving them the way we do is contributing to SIDS (our son had his days before). This is just one hypothesis that I want to be able to research. I also want to reach out to other victim's families, listen to their stories and their hypotheses. During my time as a doctor, I've found if you ask the right questions and actually listen to the patient a lot of times they know exactly what is going on or at least have come up with good theories.
What we are asking of you all, those who have shown desire to send us flowers or gifts, instead donate a little money to my new journey. I'm a doctor and now I know my purpose. My purpose is to search for causal relationships between things we are doing that are putting babies at risk of SIDS. To make sure fewer and fewer families have to suffer this horrible tragedy that we are going through. I live in Bexar County which has the highest SIDS rates in all of Texas, so I am confident I am in the right place to gather great data and do good research.
Money donated will be used to fund my research and any money left over will be invested in the companies that are making great innovations /technology to help monitor our babies while they are sleeping and alert us of dangers.
Thank you in advance for your support. I would also like to ask my colleagues from med school, clinical rotations, residency and current co-workers to please reach out to me if you want to help with research or any contribution.
In the name of our beautiful Nash, lets Mash Out SIDS!
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