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Waldorf, Md., Family Reacts as 1-year-old son suffers seizure

10:34 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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WALDORF, Md. (WUSA) -- Dr. Eric McDonald and his wife Marina seemed like an especially happy couple on Monday.  Certainly a lot happier than they were four days ago.

It was right around 6:30 last Thursday night, one of the swelteringly hot days of last week's heat wave. The McDonalds were on their back from dinner -- Mrs. McDonald in one car with their one-year-old son, James, and Dr. McDonald right behind in his car --  when Mrs. McDonald suddenly noticed that their son was completely unresponsive.

Mrs. McDonald immediately pulled over to the side of the road, not far from their Waldorf home and, just before her husband pulled up, started giving her son CPR.


"I tried to blow in his mouth to see if he was going to try to breath again," Mrs. McDonald said.

It turns out that one-year-old James had a seizure brought on by a high fever, a situation made worse by the scorching temperatures outside, according to James's father, who, as the chairman of emergency services at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, knows a thing or two about medical emergencies.

Once he was cooled off, and after a brief stay at the hospital, little James was sent home, where his parents are still breathing a huge sigh of relief, and keeping their son extremely close.

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