The firefighter from Bremen, Georgia did everything he could to save his two-year-old son from ᴅʀᴏᴡɴɪɴɢ. He tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes while they waited for paramedics, giving him a chance to survive, but in the end he l.o.st him.
Firefighter Josh Ingram and his family spent the weekend at their weekend home on the shores of a lake in Oklahoma. On Sunday, July 17, they started packing to go home, and while the parents were getting ready for the trip, their two-year-old son, Briggs, was playing nearby.
However, Josh suddenly noticed that his son was no longer by his side, and the next moment he saw him in the lake. He pulled him out of the water as quickly as she could and began CPR, but the family had no idea how long the boy had been in the water.
The father performed CPR on his son for 30 minutes until the paramedics arrived. Briggs started breathing slowly and stabilized. Over time in the hospital, he also showed brain activity, and the doctors gave him sedatives to help him rest.
However, the trauma caused by ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs like this can cause the brain to swell, and the extent of the swelling determines the severity of the situation. So the Ingram family visited a specialist, and the parents hoped that the doctor would deliver good news.
Briggs’ mother, Meshea Hurston Ingram, even shared a photo of their son with the caption: “I’m a realist, I expect miracles.”
But after 5 days of praying for Briggs’ full recovery, the two-year-old finally l.o.st the fight. Briggs ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ on Friday, July 22.
The fire department also shared the sad news in a statement: “We are saddened by the ʟᴏss of our brother and friend, Captain Josh Ingram and his family,” the statement read.
And Briggs’ mother, Meshea, shared another touching post on Facebook, paying tribute to her son’s memory.
“Words fail, but God does not…Heartache is unbearable, but God is our refuge and strength,” she wrote.
Josh also shared his wife’s post, adding: “I can’t find the words other than I love you man.”
The family received a lot of support from the local community and the fire department. They even created a GoFundMe page, where more than 20 thousand dollars have been collected so far.
Although Briggs’ life could not be saved, the Ingram family advises all parents to learn the basics of first aid and CPR, as they clearly saw the importance of doing so. Josh had this knowledge and could at least give his son a chance to survive.