Childhood Asthma: Two Families Share their Stories

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

“It’s alright
bubba, it’s alright… …I’m just getting you breathing.” “It’s ok buddy.” We have watched him go
down in front of emergency doctors at the hospital and deteriorate. He has gone to the point where
they said to me the only option left is to
put breathing tubes down. And they actually asked me
to leave the room. Which is scary because you wonder
if you’re going to come back and he’s going to be
looking at you… …or gone. He could have an asthma attack
at any time I always watch him. I check him every night
before I go to bed I always check his breathing. My greatest fear is definitely
losing him. Him not getting help,
and deteriorating to the point where you lose him. Asthma can be deadly.
We know for example, in 2013 389 people in Australia
died of their asthma. Australia has one of the
highest burdens of asthma… …in the world. Over the years
I’ve had the girls in and out of hospital probably up to about
300 times. When they’re getting
a bad asthma attack they will turn blue.
Their lips go blue. They sink in under their eyes You can tell they’re struggling. One time I’ve rung an ambulance and that was for
Alexandra and she was just sitting
here and… …sucking for air.
She couldn’t breathe. I worry about the worst.
That they might die. My biggest fear. And then is it my fault
because I wasn’t there? The ultimate goal for all researchers
who work in the asthma field is of course, to find a cure. In the meantime, what we really
have to do is find new treatments find better ways of managing asthma so that people with asthma and children
with asthma can lead healthy lives. Now I don’t believe people would understand how bad it can really get
and how quickly with a young child it can get,
until you really see it. Something happens,
something triggers it …and they can’t breathe and you can’t help them. That’s the scary part You can’t help them.

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