This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Isaac Greenlaw who was born in New York on January 27, 2006 and passed away on July 25, 2006 when he was just too squirmy and pulled the corner of his fitted crib sheet off the mattress, getting entangled in it, and suffocating some time between 5:45 am and 8:45 am (when his mommy found him and performed CPR). It takes only 3 minutes for a healthy infant to suffocate according to the medical examiner. His Daddy gave him a bottle around 3am and all was fine, when his Mama got home she went to check on him expecting to find him sleeping (as it wasn't uncommon for him to sleep 6 hours after having a bottle), but instead he had gotten tangled in the crib sheet and his Mama saw his little legs, blue and mottled. While Daddy called 911, Mommy, a nurse, did CPR desperately trying to revive him. The GVEMS arrived within 2 minutes and took over CPR, neighbors rushed over to escort Isaac's 6 yr.old big brother out of the house, family and pastors from our church (The Father's House) met us at Strong. The fine doctors and nurses of the Peds ED worked on him and in a short time pronounced him dead. The fantastic nurse manager contacted our nurse managers and we were immediately supported by some of our fellow co-workers who grieved will us as well. For 6 hrs we were able to hold Isaac and his big brother like no other, Tyler, got to say good-bye for now.
Please do not use fitted crib sheets, even if you think they fit properly. There are safety crib sheets out there. Check out QuickZip safety sheets at www.quickzipsheet.com
An alternative option is to get Hold On sheet straps at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Ironing Board Cover Straps at Wal-Mart or Jo-Ann Fabric to secure sheets across each corner below the mattress; but monitoring the elasticity, ensuring the clips are in place securely - ultimately utilizing the QuickZip sheets that fully enclose around the crib mattress.
Channel 10 did a news broadcast about Isaac and the sheets in July of 2007 you may remember, in 2008 there was a 1/4 pg ad in the GV Pennysaver you may have seen that you may remember, in 2009 and the 2 previous years we went around doing random acts of kindness in Isaac's memory- hoping to make people smile like Isaac often did. In 2010 we spread the message of crib sheet safety and keeping his memory alive with 3 billboards (maybe you saw them).
Crib Sheets are not the only danger, other bedding such as blankets are as well. For an alternative option purchase a Halo sleep sack https://www.halosleep.com/ -also available at Buy Buy Baby.
Some may call it paranoia, we say if we had these features in place we would still have our child on earth with us.
We were very careful parents, some might even call us neurotically paranoid, not to mention I was a CPR instructor & am a nurse, and his Daddy worked in an ICU.
He was a blessing from God- after multiple negative pregnancy tests, we had our pastor pray over us and the very next day the test said positive.
We chose to name him Isaac Daniel for biblical purposes and because my husband had waited so long to have a baby. Daniel is also my father-in-law's name and it has biblical influences.
His big brother was very excited and had a paper chain to count down his brother's arrival. He maintained that loving connection to Isaac's grave, burying an old cell phone with him so "he could call him in heaven"
We had a fantastic funeral for Isaac, celebrating his life and giving God the glory for his life and for the multitude of "God" moments we experienced to let us know we were not forsaken during our journey.
We will remember him forever.
Isaac donated the gift of life to 2 other babies at Golisano's Children's Hospital at Strong by sharing his heart valves. Click here to see how you can be a hero www.shareyourlife.org If Isaac can do it so can you!
Grief is a journey that comes in seasons, there is no end. I am confident that the Lord will use our mess and make it our message!