Famous Athlete Shares Devastating News About Her Infant Daughter; Family Requesting Prayers

May 25, 2018

Former Olympian Giaan Rooney shared a devastating post on her Instagram page on Wednesday. The family is requesting prayers at this time.



Rooney's daughter stopped breathing one night and had a seizure. She was rushed to the hospital after paramedics arrived to their home.


"Last night was the most terrifying moment of my life. Our 11 month old, #lexilevett had a seizure, stopped breathing & turned blue," she wrote.



Thankfully, her husband was able to perform infant CPR while Rooney called 9-1-1. Before their daughter Lexi was born, the couple had completed an infant CPR course.


"We are still in hospital but out of danger, just waiting on test results as they believe she has a virus which caused her temp to rise dramatically, causing the seizure," Rooney said.



A few hours later, Rooney updated her followers on her page. Lexi had a febrile convulsion which are seizures caused by a fever and typically occurs in younger children.



However, some children may not even have a fever at the time of the convulsion, according to the "National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes."


"Febrile seizures are the most common type of convulsions in infants and young children and occur in 2 to 5 percent of American children before age 5," according to the "NINDS." "Approximately 40 percent of children who experience one febrile seizure will have a recurrence."



Later in the original post, she strongly encouraged everyone (parent or someone who is around children) to either take a child CPR training class or take a refresher course. Heaven forbids you have to use it, but one day it may come in handy to save a life.


We are praying and wishing Rooney's daughter has a speedy recovery! Will you join us in praying for Lexi and the family?




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