Eva Amurri Martino, Susan Sarandon’s daughter, is an actress and lifestyle blogger. The 31-year-old has been on a variety of television shows, including Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and House.
In 2011, Eva married former Major League Soccer player and current NBC Sports broadcaster Kyle Martino. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in August 2014. They had their second child, a son, in October 2016. They named him Major.
Then, in November 2o16, something happened that turned their world upside down. The family’s night nurse fell asleep while holding Major, and he slipped from her arms, falling onto the ground headfirst.
“A couple of days after Thanksgiving, our Night Nurse [sic] fell asleep while holding Major and dropped him, and he cracked his head on the hardwood floor,” Eva wrote on her blog, Happily Eva After. “Kyle and I were sleeping at the time and were awoken by the sound of his head hitting the floor, and then hysterical piercing screams.
He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain, and was transported by ambulance to Yale Medical Center where I spent two harrowing days with him to receive emergency care and further testing. To say these were the most traumatic and anxious two days of my life is an understatement.”
Putting your child into the hands of someone else can be hard for a parent to begin with, but once something like this happens, it can be almost impossible to trust that your baby will be safe with anyone else.
But here’s the good part: by the grace of all of his many angels, and every God one cares to pray to, MAJOR IS FINE. Completely fine. Though he had the fracture, some skull displacement, and bleeding, the skull did not touch his brain and the bleeding was localized. Further MRI’s showed no brain damage and we were discharged by experts in pediatrics and neurology with as excellent of a prognosis as we could have ever hoped for. We were absolutely, divinely lucky that day. He had no other broken bones, and no spinal effects whatsoever. He has been healing well, hitting milestones, cooing, smiling, and generally showing us that he is and will be ok as he grows and develops.
With the incident well in the past, Eva decided it was finally time to share her experience with her friends and loyal followers. She wanted people to realize that although she has forgiven the nurse for her human mistake, she hasn’t gotten past the guilt she feels for not being the one holding her son when this happened.
Her family is recovering well, but one can only imagine how hard it must be to experience this kind of trauma during such an emotional time.
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