7NEWS reporter Monique Dirksz has credited a short clip she stumbled upon while scrolling social media with saving her young son’s life.
The senior crime reporter based in Perth revealed on Thursday how her 10-month-old boy’s runny nose and slight cough had barely raised any level of concern initially.
“As we’ve rehearsed, everyone. Nose spray, humidifier, Panadol,” she said.
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But it became clear during a nappy change the following morning that something was seriously wrong with Noah.
“The soft bit in between his ribs was sucking in with every breath,” she said.
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“When he exhaled, his tummy blew up like someone twisting a balloon animal.
“Within a few minutes, he was bobbing his head because it was taking his entire body to drag air in.”
That’s when Dirksz remembered back to a 10-second video she’d watched on Instagram and realised it “was about to save my baby boy’s life”.
“Tiny Hearts posted a video showing what intercostal chest retractions look like. It shocked me at the time and because of it I instantly knew my son was in respiratory distress,” she said.
“When I got to the emergency room at Fiona Stanley, things moved fast. He was placed on high-flow oxygen and a nasogastric tube was inserted to keep him fed and hydrated.”
7NEWS reporter Monique Dirksz says an Instagram video saved baby Noah’s life. Credit: moniquedirksz/InstagramDirksz says she’s ‘so grateful the Tiny Hearts video popped up while I was scrolling that day’. Credit: moniquedirksz/Instagram
Nervous nights by his hospital bed “listening to the alarm go off every time his oxygen dropped below 90 per cent” followed over the coming days.
“It turns out he had rhinovirus (the common cold) which had caused (chest infection) bronchiolitis,” she said.
After three days in hospital, her boy is now home “safe, happy and with his new favourite teddy — a rhino, in memory of a bug that gave us quite a scare”.
“I’m so grateful the Tiny Hearts video popped up while I was scrolling that day,” she said.
“I’m not sure I would have known to react so quickly without it.
“Social media can be a bit of a cesspit, but this is proof there are nuggets of gold buried deep in the dirt.”