The horrifying concept of fatal distraction has been caught on video, and that awful moment when a father realises he has left his child in a hot car has been shared more than 50,000 times.
It’s the fraction of a second when life spins on its axis and changes.
A father busy, distracted. A change of routine. It’s unfathomable.
A baby forgotten and that moment of realisation like the dawning of a curtain of death.
What have I done? Oh Christ what have I done?
A video which has been viewed and shared over 50,000 times shows the way any of us can succumb to what is coined “fatal distraction.”
It is a video worth 11 minutes of your life. It is difficult to watch, confronting, but something we need to talk about, to shed light on in order to prevent deaths from happening.
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These are stories we know all too well.
In February a 22-month old boy, Noah Krespanis died after being left by a relative in a hot car in Kyneton, Victoria. While the details were not released at the time there was speculation it was another case of “fatal distraction.”
His devastated family posting a tribute to the little boy on social media.
“I love him more everyday, forever,” his father, Andrew Krespanis wrote.
“I’ll always know I cherished every day, every laugh, every adventure, every cuddle.”
“Hug your children and never let them go.”
A month prior a mother in New Zealand mistakenly thought she had dropped her 16-month-old at daycare when she had in fact left him in the car park at the hospital where she worked.
The mother didn’t usually drop her son at daycare that day and instead drove her usual route to work. When she left work for the day what she found in her car turned her world upside down.
The idea that you can just forget your baby is unfathomable for most of us. It’s a horrifying concept, a deep routed fear of failing the very being we have been destined to protect.
In 2010, Washington Post journalist Gene Weingarten wrote a piece on fatal distraction that won a Pulitzer Prize. His words were read, shared and analysed by hundreds of thousands around the world.