Eva Amurri Martino, actress and daughter of Susan Sarandon, is opening up about her son's head injury after being dropped by a night nurse. Her infant son Major, who is only 10-weeks-old, is thankfully fine, but Amurri Martino recalled the scary experience and its aftermath on her lifestyle blog, HappilyEvaAfter.
A couple of days after Thanksgiving, our Night Nurse fell asleep while holding Major and dropped him, and he cracked his head on the hardwood floor. 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.
Amurri Martino called these two days the most "traumatic and anxious" of her life, and they were only exasperated by the fact that she has an irrational phobia of hospitals. Luckily, Major's injuries ended up being a lot less severe than they could have been.
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.
However, Amurri Martino is experiencing a lot of stress and depression following the harrowing incident. She writes extensively about the guilt she grapples with over the accident, and how she now struggles with letting anyone but herself care for her son. She speculates that she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, since even hearing her son's cries triggers nausea and dizziness. She plans on taking a break from blogging to focus on her mental health and her son's recovery.
After publishing the blog post, Amurri Martino addressed those who supported her and those who criticized her parenting skills in an Instagram post.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has reached out with words of comfort or to share their own stories the past 24 hours. It is so moving to know there are so many of you who are wishing our sweet boy well, and who are rooting us on as a family.
I'd like to say one thing, which is that Parenthood is not a competition. Nobody gets an award at the end of all of it for doing it the best or most perfect way. All that matters is how we make our children feel, how we feel about them, and how we feel about ourselves as parents.
To those who have expressed judgement, cruelty, and criticism of me, my choices, or my fragility during this time- I'm not going to justify myself to you. But I sincerely wish that 2017 brings you enough self love and confidence that you no longer feel the need to tear down another person during their darkest moment. ❤??✨ Peace, please.
You can read Eva Amurri Martino's blog post in full here.