Friends and family: We have the most horrible news possible to share. Charlie suffered a horrible event this morning and despite heroic efforts by EMT, firefighters, police officers and hospital staff, he was not able to be saved. Charlie Robert Mazza died at about 8:40am.
Kristen and I are devastated, to say the least. It’s simply unfathomable that I could be holding my boy at 7:30am, and he’d not be breathing at 7:40am.
We don’t know yet what caused this horrible event, but he developed a bloody nose shortly after 7:30. Grandpa Bob was holding him and then gave him to our nanny, Stevie, who noticed that he had a small dab of blood in his nose. Grandma Selena ran him up to Kristen, who came down the stairs screaming to me for help. I was already in my home office doing some work.
I ran out to see Charlie’s bloody nose and he was looking a little pale. I called our pediatrician, Dr. Nash, but almost immediately I decided he wasn’t breathing and needed CPR. Kristen called 911 and I laid Charlie down to start CPR. I had Dr. Nash on the phone while I was doing this and he was giving me pointers. I checked for choking hazards, tried rubbing his back vigorously and just did CPR.
The EMT crew was on-site within 7 or 8 minutes and took over CPR. They hooked up monitors and we could see there was no breathing or heart activity. They kept going, trying to install various medicine. Then they decided it was time to move him to the ambulance and to race him to San Ramon Medical Center.
Kristen and I raced out the door immediately and got ahead of the ambulance, but then it raced past us. We were just a couple minutes behind them arriving at the ER and we walked into a full triage attempt.
Doctors and nurses were working hard trying to stabilize him and they continued CPR. They continued until approximately 8:40am, and the two doctors on-site looked at each other and called off other efforts.
I was strong until that point, but Kristen and were in complete anguish. They let us hold our baby boy for about 20 minutes.
Doctors will do an autopsy to try and determine what happened. This may take a few days to complete, and it may be weeks or months before results come in.
We have Kristen’s mom, dad, step parents and sister on-site tonight. My family is coming in beginning Sunday. I don’t know if we’ll have a service other than something with our family.
To Charlie: We love you buddy, and though you won’t physically be here, you’ll be with us forever. We cherish the short time you were with us, and we were with you. Your mom and dad love you forever and we’ll see you someday.
Here are some of our favorite pictures of Charlie.