Content warning: This story contains details of drug overdose that some readers may find triggering.
Sunday mornings for Becky Savage usually involved washing. Lots of it.
When Becky quietly tiptoed into her 18-year-old son Jack’s room to gather his laundry on Sunday the 14th of June, 2015, she watched him for a moment as he slept. He looked like an angel.
Gently she went to wake him. Those next few moments still haunt her to this day.
“Jack was lifeless … lifeless as I picked him up and placed him on the floor and started CPR … lifeless as I ran to get my cell phone and call 911 … lifeless when the paramedics got there and took over,” the nurse recalled to Today of when she realised Jack hadn’t been asleep that morning.
“I remember hollering for [my other son] Nick, for him to come up, and how he never came. I cannot even begin to describe the numbness that took over me. They are the worst feelings I have ever felt in my life.”
Watching paramedics pump up and down on Jack’s chest, Becky didn’t think things could possibly get worse. But they did.