Some people are so fond of even energy drinks that it becomes their addiction. But they really don’t consider what the addiction of sugary drinks is doing to their body. Back in April, a teen in South Carolina died suddenly from a caffeine overdose aggravated by energy drinks. Now, a new father named Austin is lucky to have made it out of his life after overusing them for months to cope with a hectic work schedule and has been physically changed forever.
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Austin’s wife, Brianna was 9 months pregnant when the addition of energy drinks changed his life forever. She was just weeks away from giving birth to their first child but then this life-changing incident happened. She shared her heartbreaking story on Facebook that completely changed this couple’s life.
Sara Endres, a photographer from Sacramento, CA, has also taken a series of moving portraits that document the young family’s daily struggles in the wake of Austin’s hospitalization.
Read the heartbreaking the story of Austin’s wife, Brianna and share it with people whom you think is addicted to energy drinks and should get rid of this addiction!
Brianna, who was 9 months pregnant and was almost ready to give birth to her first child share her life-changing incident and almost took her husband’s life.
Brianna wrote on Facebook “Hello, my name is Brianna, and this is my story…
Love is not the little things. It is not the phone calls, the dates, or even the memories. Love is knowing you would sacrifice things that you didn’t even know you could sacrifice. Love is selfless.
Have you ever felt your life shake? Have you ever been hit with so much emotional turmoil to the point where everything around you becomes fuzzy and shaken? Your lungs feel tight and for a brief second, you can’t do anything. You are unable to move, unable to think, unable to even react. I have. I experienced something I never thought I would experience…all while nine months pregnant with my first child.
Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most amazing journeys you will ever embark on. You’re creating a new life. You are experiencing unconditional love for someone you have not even met.
Austin and I were so excited to meet our little boy. To bring him home. To be a family.”
Austin developed a habit to cope up with his busy schedule and hectic life but never knew that this addiction of energy drinks could lead him to the hospital and change his life forever.
When asked about the experience Austin said “I never imagined as I went to sleep that night, that my whole world would be shattered within hours.
I still remember my mother in law waking me up that morning. ‘Your husband had an accident’ she said.
All I knew was that my husband was in the hospital. The worst part? I didn’t know why.
After a two hour drive to the hospital, I learned that my husband, the father of my child, the person I am so deeply in love with, had had a brain hemorrhage. Why? The doctors concluded (after running his tox screen and ruling out drugs) that this horrible event was due to his recent excessive energy drink consumption (a habit he had built when he started working longer hours and commuting).
Surgery was already in motion… and after an agonizing 5-hour wait, we got to see him. But while everyone was focused on the almost unrecognizable face hooked up to all sorts of machines and tubes, all I could see was his parents. I saw the light leave his mother’s eyes as she saw her motionless son lying in that hospital bed. I saw his father break down crying as he held onto his wife.
They didn’t know if the life they created together would even wake up.
Watching this family — my new family, who I have grown to love and be a part of, be so shattered and broken…that is the worst feeling I have ever felt.”
After a lot of surgeries and brain hemorrhage, he was left with a large hole in the skull on the front side and a pregnant wife who was going to give him the greatest gift of his life- his first child.
The story is really heartbreaking. Brianna said “The next day was round two of brain surgery. Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for.
There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it.
After two weeks of living in a hospital, wondering if he would survive or be taken from us, we made our way back home.
The time had come for me to deliver our baby.”
Even though it was getting hard for her with all that happened she faced the monumental task of bringing their son into the world.
“I’m not going to lie to anyone, it was so hard. I had planned on Austin being a part of this huge moment. Being by my side. Holding my hand. Being there to cut the cord. Being there to welcome our son into the world. It didn’t feel right…
But a beautiful miracle happened as I delivered our son. Austin woke up. I went about a week without seeing him. I thought about him every day. I cried as I looked at my child who looked just like his daddy.
When the baby was only a week old, I left him with my in-laws.
I knew I needed to see Austin. I needed to tell him that our baby was here. To tell him how much we needed him.”
Finally, Austin woke up from and met his son after 2 months. She spends each and every day not only looking after his son but also his husband who went through this tragic incident. Brianna said “I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband. I prepare the meals; do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life and with his addiction.”
Their story is the real example of true love, care, and sacrifice. It’s not about how and what happens to the person you love, you will always be there for them through thick and thin.