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In memory of Tommy Childress

Created by Family Of Tommy Childress

Tommy Childress

On August 4,2005 my world came to an end. It all started around 11:30 pm My son's girlfriend was upstairs with my son. I had heard a thump but thought nothing about it, cause afterwards the girlfriend came downstairs to the bathroom. So I thought she was getting out of bed to use the bathroom. I woke my daughter up so she could get ready to go cause I had things to do that day. Well, my son's girlfriend had called my daughter from upstairs on her cellphone to ask her to come up. When my daughter did she came running downstairs to say Tommy was not moving or breathing. I grabbed my little girl who is 14 months an ran upstairs to see what was going on. I thought he had passed out or something so I was saying, "Wake up, Tommy" and shaking him lightly. There was no response. So I called 911. I didn't know what to do. I couldn't get a pulse or anything. They asked about CPR and I was confused I thought that his girlfriend was going to help,so I ran downstairs like 911 told me to do to see if the cop was there yet. He wasn't so I ran back upstairs and threw the phone and did the CPR myself. I was determined to get him to breathe. No one else seem to help or to be scared. I don't really know. My mom went and got the neighbor to come over to help CPR cause she had done it before. Finally the cop arrived and then the ambulance. They couldn't get nothing either. They rushed him to the hospital. I got there and waited and waited. I went into the room for awhile, then I went out to sit down, because I couldn't stand anymore. Finally the doctor came out to tell me that he had passed away. That was the hardest thing to hear. We had to wait for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, because he had no drugs in his system or anything. So we wondered what could have done this. Later on we found out of all things that we would never have thought of -- he died from Freon inhalation. No parent would think that would cross your mind. Especially since my husband has done air conditioning all his life and the child grew up around it. Still I don't know how he heard of it or who even told him about it. But thanks to that I have lost my first child and only son. Something that I will live with forever is knowing I tried to save him, but I couldn't. If I had only known. But I didn't.

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1. Julie
My condolences to you and your family.
2. Megan Fritz
I am so sorry for the loss of your son.