Mom Pulls Plug On Teen On Life Support But 1 Hr Later Sight On Camera Makes Nurses Break Out Into Run
Kristin Danley 11/30/2018
All her life, Chelsea Banton battled infections and an array of health issues. She was born five weeks premature and her unexpectedly early birth had taken a toll on her tiny body; in fact, she was given just 36 hours to live.
After spending four months in the neonatal intensive care unit and proving everyone wrong, Baby Chelsea eventually was strong enough to go home. But by the time Chelsea was just two years old, she had been hospitalized for pneumonia, then hydrocephalus, as well as shunt revisions placed in her skull, life-threatening viruses, and severe fluid retention.
Year after year, Chelsea struggled with her health, but when Chelsea turned 14, her mom Colleen knew her daughter's health was quickly deteriorating. She rushed her little girl to the hospital where she was diagnosed with double pneumonia, kidney failure, a collapsed lung and a staph infection.
Her body was shutting down, so doctors placed her on life support. Her outlook was heartbreaking.
Chelsea spent an agonizing seven weeks in the hospital on life support, battling everything that came her way. When her family decided to see if she was finally strong enough to breathe on her own, her stats were stable for just a bit, then plummeted.
Colleen sorrowfully decided that her little girl shouldn't have to fight anymore; she'd been blessed with 14 years with Chelsea, but if it was her time to go to heaven, then so be it. She made the heart-wrenching decision to turn off Chelsea's life support.
The family gathered together in her tiny hospital room to tell her goodbye. Suddenly, a nurse burst into the room!
One hour after the medical team had unplugged Chelsea's life support machine, a bright figure appeared on the pediatric intensive care unit's security monitor.
The image hovered just outside the door to Chelsea's wing. The nurses sprinted back and forth from the monitor to the hallway trying to see for themselves what the image was.