Policies and actions that appear to be innocuous can at times be the source of a catastrophe. A little child died on the school grounds because he couldn’t reach his asthma inhaler since the school administration had locked it. The school’s error cost the youngster his life, as well as incalculable anguish to his parents, who adored him.
Ryan Gibbons, a 12-year-old boy from Ontario, died on his school grounds after suffering a severe asthma attack. The youngster who couldn’t get to the inhaler that was locked in the office blanked out and died.
Ryan, the excited kid, was all set for a typical day at school on October 9, 2012. His parents had no idea that it would be their final day with their darling child. Ryan, who enjoyed outdoor activities, was having a good time playing soccer with his pals. The 12-year-old suddenly had asthma and couldn’t breathe or walk. The child who began to feel ill informed his buddies and began to panic. His worried pals sprung into action. “So while he was heading to the office to get his inhaler, he was having a hard time and had to be carried in, and by the time he got there, he had blacked out,” Sandra Gibbons, the mother of the child explained.
According to school policy, Ryan’s inhaler was secured in the office. The boy died as a result of an accident that may have been avoided if he had taken his medicine. His mother stated that school officials routinely took his extra inhalers. The school policy prohibited students from carrying inhalers with them. It was intended to be stored in the principal’s office under lock and key.
The mother explained that she got many phone calls saying Ryan had brought an inhaler to school and they discovered it in his backpack and wanted her to come pick it up since he wasn’t even permitted to carry it home with him. There’s supposed to be one in the office, and that’s the only one he’ll be able to use. She never understands the reasoning behind this.
The mother who had lost her kid did not want any other child to suffer the same tragedy as hers. Gibbons explained that when Ryan died, it was like losing everything she lived for. After burying her kid, she realized that this was an avoidable attack. In her opinion he would be here today if individuals had sufficient training and understood what to look for when a youngster was in trouble.
The motivated lady started a petition requesting that the Ontario government establish a standardized asthma management plan that taught workers how to spot asthma symptoms. It also requested that the government allow youngsters to carry their asthma medicine and inhaler with parental consent. Ryan’s Law, as it became known, was eventually enacted. Gibbons further added that her goal with the law is that it will guarantee that kids have their inhalers on their person at all times, with a reinforcement in an easily accessible position.