June 21 marked our daughter, Kylee Ann Frankenberry's sixth year of survival of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Kylee suffered SBS at the hands of her birth mother. Kylee was not just abused once, but three times, causing subdural hematomas and retinal detachment. The last time she was shaken upwards of five minutes and then her head was hit off of the changing table, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest with an unknown down time before EMS was called by the abuser.

Thank God for Paramedics Jeff DeHaven and Brian Ward and the rest of Cumberland City EMS crew, the doctors and nurses at CMH and WVU Ruby Memorial for bringing Kylee back to us.

Now, because of these short moments of uncontrolled anger and frustration, Kylee must suffer for the rest of her life with severe medical problems: Seizures, neurostorms, blood disorders, CP, chronic infections, bowel problems, GERD, respiratory problems, quadriplegia, temporal disorders, and learning disorders. She now requires home nursing care 18 hours a day, numerous therapies each day, feedings through a G-tube, numerous medications and supplements each day, daily and monthly shots, numerous trips to doctors appointments each month, frequent lab work; all costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. And why? All because someone could not control her anger and frustration and took it out on a beautiful five month old baby. What did the abuser suffer? A slap on the wrist. No jail time, only probation, and now living her life as if nothing ever happened, while Kylee suffers daily.

SBS is completely preventable, yet in the past six years there have been more than 10 confirmed cases of SBS in the tri-state area, with at least three deaths. Ever year in the U.S. there are thousands of cases of SBS, with at least 25 percent being immediately fatal; another 25 percent die within the first year after the shaking. Most abusers only get a slap on wrist while the survivors and their families suffer for the rest of their lives, with expensive medical care.

Why? Anger and frustration. Stop and think. Put the child in a crib or playpen and walk away for a few minutes to calm down. Call someone to help. Do something but DO NOT shake the baby! Every baby is a precious gift and relies on adults for survival. To shake a child is completely senseless and about the worst abuse that a person could do to a child.

Now, as we celebrate six years of survival, help us spread the word - NEVER NEVER NEVER shake an infant or child. Results are costly and can be fatal.

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