The second day brings you hope. The family dog your child ran after returns home and rescue ground crew follow the dog and discover the body of your child with a weak pulse. Hope is alive.
This is the story of James Delorey, a seven year old autistic child who went missing in Nova Scotia after chasing the family pet out into the woods right before a winter storm hit the region.
With great sadness, Halifax Children's Hospital made the announcement today that James Delorey has passed away. His parents wish to thank everyone who participated in the search for them and I can only imagine the pain and suffering they must feel. Nobody's fault. Children wander sometimes and can disappear in a split second.
But what made James's situation worse was the boy's condition. James was unable to call for help which left him completely at the mercy of his surroundings without protection.
Halifax Children's Hospital would not make a statement about what measures were taken to resuscitate James, and there have been rare cases of patients with hypothermia surviving but not without severe damage to the organs. Hot fluids and warming blankets are used to warm up a patient suffering from hypothermia. James had a very weak pulse and his small fragile body swept away in the cold most likely could not come back from the damage already done. The hospital instead is honoring the parents wishes for privacy while they grieve.
My family and I send out our thoughts and prayers to the Delorey's. We as parents know what it must be like to try to survive your worst nightmare the loss of your child. We hope God grants you the strength to carry on without James and pray for your suffering and pain to ease.