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Shocking photos show how the blood of a 13-year-old boy Peyton Baumgarth spilled on the wall of a hospital as he died of complications from Covid after a coughing fit.
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A bereaved mother shared the gruesome footage of the blood-splattered hospital room in an attempt to urge Americans to take Covid seriously.
Stephanie Franek Age
Stephanie Franek, 44, watched doctors fight to save the life of her son Peyton Baumgarth as treatment to oxygenate his blood failed.
The youngster died just six days after developing symptoms of the deadly infection when he became extremely tired and his fingernails turned blue.
The mother-of-two suffered another loss from Covid when her sister Cyndi Crawford, 57, died five weeks after Peyton in the ICU.
Stephanie, a nurse from St Louis, Missouri, said: “Even one loss would have been heartbreaking but these two completely broke our hearts.”
Stephanie tested positive for the coronavirus on October 25.
She and her son exhibited mild symptoms and began to be quarantined.
She said: “Her symptoms didn’t seem to be life threatening and we didn’t do much other than watch Netflix movies.”
Four days later, Stephanie became worried that Peyton couldn’t continue a conversation and noticed that her fingernails and fingernails had turned blue.
“I said, ‘Buddy, I think we need to go to the hospital.’
They went to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where Peyton requested a wheelchair.
Stephanie was horrified to find that her son’s oxygen levels had dropped to just 44% – the oxygen levels in the blood of a healthy person were between 95 and 100%.
“As a nurse, I have never seen anyone walk and talk with an oxygen saturation rate of only 44%.
“We had only been in the emergency room for probably an hour when the doctors decided to put him on a ventilator.”
Stephanie didn’t expect her son to stay in the hospital.
While Peyton suffered from a thyroid and asthma problem, she did not consider him particularly at risk for respiratory infection.
“I was worried that he would be put on a ventilator but I also thought that we will overcome this bump and bring him home.
Doctors treated Peyton with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) where blood is temporarily withdrawn from the body to allow artificial oxygenation of red blood cells and removal of carbon dioxide.
His condition suddenly worsened on Saturday, October 31 when he began to bleed.
“He had this big coughing fit and he started to bleed in his chest.
“The surgeons were trying to replace ECMO and they were doing CPR to help get his blood flowing because his pulse was so weak and his oxygen level was so low.”
As doctors desperately tried to replace the ECMO tubes in Peyton’s neck, the blood that had pooled in his chest spilled onto the walls.
Stephanie said: “It was all over at the cardiothoracic surgeon and he just kept working.
Stephanie, who had been given special permission to be in the hospital as she had done with Covid, watched 10 nurses and four doctors fight for an hour and 15 minutes to save her son’s life before calling the time of death.
“I never thought it was going to happen,” Stephanie said.
“You don’t hear about the kids who have had Covid and it’s so bad.
“I was just in shock.
“I cannot describe this sudden and devastating loss.”
Adding to Stephanie’s pain, her sister Cyndi, a trauma registrar, came with Covid a week before Thanksgiving.
She was also put on a ventilator and received an ECMO, but died on December 7.
“Every day is a struggle to get out of bed and do the movements,” Stephanie said.
She shared that the only bright spot was reuniting with her ex boyfriend, Chris Lottmann, 43, a welder, whom Peyton adored.
“He was very close to Peyton and I called him to tell him that Peyton had passed away and he was devastated.
“We got back together and he was a huge source of support for me and he was there for me every moment I needed him.
“We think it was Peyton’s wish and our gift from Peyton that he got us together – he really didn’t want us to break up in the first place.”
Stephanie paid tribute to her son, saying he made more friends in his 13 years than some people have in a lifetime.
“He was the nicest boy and he made everyone smile.