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Southwest Mo Mom Shares Tragedy to Warn Other Parents

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Every year children die after being left in hot cars in the summer. For Brittanie Wells, it wasn't an errand to the store or a gas station but a parked car that proved fatal to her two year old child.


She hopes to raise awareness of the tragedy to parents.
"I think that honesty Raiden wants me to," said Wells, who added,
"I think maybe getting Raiden
s name out there and what happened might save someone else from going through what Im  going through. Not just me my whole family."
The toddler was playing outside while his older  sisters and cousin were swimming in a small pool.  It was the hottest day in July of 2016.  His dad ducked in the house quickly. Brittanie was at work but her extra car was at home.
She said she kept snacks in the car for clients. "He knew where  the snacks were. I  got my  laptop out because I needed to do notes after work. And I forgot to lock the car."
Raiden, who was two and half and very curious,  figured out how to get in it.
Wells said, "He was in the car for seven minutes.  Seven minutes was all it took and four of those minutes, was everybody looking for him." 
Doctors say it can take even less time in some circumstances just three  to five minutes.
Dr. Mark Brown, an emergency room physician at Freeman hospital explained that, "As the  temperature increases in a car,  it can make respiration more difficult and breathing in the hot air  in the car  can actually make the body temperature rise faster.

And  he adds, children are more at risk.
Dr. Brown said,
Children  are much more susceptible to heat related injuries especially in a confined  space than adults are because of their  smaller body mass.  They have less ability to compensate  and they have less reserves as far  as fluids electrolytes, those sort of things."


Wells and her family took a lot of criticism after her sons death,  "It was an accident. It could happen to anybody."

But she hopes it doesnt happen to others. So Brittanie created t-shirts on the first  anniversary of Raidens death to warn others to check unattended cars to ensure their locked.

 Wells said, "I know in my heart I cant bring my son back. I cant. But I can try to help other mothers not have to go through this."
The Wells three daughters miss their brother and now they  have a 7 month old little brother. Brittanie isn
t taking any chances. 
Even though she says she never left children in the car to run errands, she makes sure to keep her diaper bag in the front seat and if its there the baby is in the car.  And when little Stryker turns two she said,
I'm never gonna leave his side.

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