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Mom’s Warning About Hanging Seat Belts After Son Is Injured

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Mom of two Siobhan Sherbovich is encouraging parents to teach their children about seat-belt safety after her 8-year-old son, Brayden, was nearly suffocated by his seat belt on Sept. 12. After taking Brayden and his 3-year-old sister, Maya, out for ice cream, Siobhan was terrified to find her son tangled in the seat belt hanging from the ceiling in her 2017 Acura MDX.

“My initial reaction was, ‘How did this happen?’ Because it happened within minutes of leaving an ice cream shop,” Siobhan, whose son was sitting in the middle seat at the time, told POPSUGAR. “This is not a common situation, so when you see it first-hand, you can’t quite grasp it. At a red light, Brayden was able to tell me when he was initially being strangled. He said, ‘Mom, I’m stuck, I can’t breathe.'”

In a matter of minutes, Brayden was completely trapped by his seat belt. “I promptly turned around and saw the middle seat belt that’s suspended from the ceiling and locked into place wrapped and twisted multiple times around his neck,” she explained. “The first time, it accidentally looped around from him trying to just get it out of his way. He sent it back in the wrong direction, creating havoc. This particular middle seat belt tightens as you pull it, so the harder he struggled, the tighter it got.”

As soon as she saw Brayden struggling, she pulled over and attempted to free him. However, the seat belt’s locking mechanism wouldn’t budge. Panicked, Siobhan jumped out of the car, desperate for help. “After Brayden fell unconscious, I just started screaming in the street,” she recalled. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a nearby hair salon. I banged on the windows, ran in, and screamed for scissors. I ran back outside with them and cut him loose from the belt.”

“This particular middle seat belt tightens as you pull it, so the harder he struggled, the tighter it got.”

As soon as Brayden was free, Siobhan began administering CPR. From there, he was rushed to the Pediatric ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and treated for his injuries. “He was there for about 24 hours. It was intense, but all the doctors and nurses were amazing and told us how lucky we were,” she said. “His CT scan was clear, so no permanent injuries. The adrenaline was still flowing, so it didn’t hit me until we got home.”

Determined to prevent other parents from experiencing what she went through, Siobhan is encouraging families to invest in seat-belt cutters — like these ones — just in case. After all, as she notes, it can happen to anyone.

“It’s not only important to share with parents, but with all consumers where someone may be utilizing the middle seat belt,” she explained. “It has a much different locking mechanism than the standard lap belt. There simply is no quick-release button readily available. In an event of an emergency or state of panic, not many people are educated on this type of system . . . It’s also important for everyone to just be prepared. Carry a safety tool kit and seat-belt cutters or scissors at all times. You may not need them, but someone else you come across might.”

Fortunately, Brayden is recovering well. However, Siobhan wants car manufacturers to address the issue as soon as possible. “You can’t manufacture a system and not have a better warning or tool in place,” Siobhan said. “I’ve heard from a ton of folks that the same happened to them with various different outcomes. [I want] to prevent any type of similar situation from happening to a child, loved one, friend, or stranger.”

For more information on seat-belt safety, head to Safe Kids Wordwide’s website.

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Jaimi Kenny laid to rest: ‘Free of pain, free to flourish’

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Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry has officially farewelled her daughter Jaimi in a service she said was “just perfect”.

Jaimi died last week, aged 33, after battling a long-term illness.

Curry, who shared Jaimi with her ex-husband former ironman Grant Kenny, posted a beautiful tribute photo to her Instagram with details of the funeral.

“Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,” she wrote.

“As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you…. always our bubba. It was just perfect… beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly… just the way you would have wanted it.”

“Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully,” Curry’s caption continued. “Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be…

“Jaimi…as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last. Jaimi, my love, our hearts are aching, but know you will be forever with us, and forever loved wherever we go. Goodnight sweet girl… we hope you have a nice long sleep.”

Jaimi’s brother, Jett, also shared a touching farewell message on his Instagram.

“You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end,” he captioned the photo. “Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart.”

“I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point. Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to my beautiful sister and I would just like to thank everyone for your overwhelming love and support. The entire family was inundated with loving messages, flowers and thoughts for our beautiful Jaimi. I personally will never be able to thank everyone enough. But do know that it will never be forgotten.”

Lisa Curry and daughter Jaimi
Lisa Curry and daughter Jaimi. (Instagram)

Jaimi died last Monday, as announced in a statement from her father. “Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,” the statement read. “Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.”

The following morning, Curry shared a special tribute to her on social media: “Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side. So loved. So beautiful. So kind to everyone…. So painful. I can barely breathe.”

A few days later, the athlete thanked fans for their support. “Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and strength we are receiving. There are so many messages from so many people and it’s difficult to get back to all of you but in time we’ll try,” Curry wrote on Instagram, sharing a sweet photo of her and Jaimi holding hands.

“The grief is immense and we are allowing it to take its course.”

Curry and Kenny, both 57, were married from 1996 until 2017. As well as Jaimi, they share daughter Morgan and son Jett.

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Air New Zealand’s CEO Reckons The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Won’t Happen Until Next Year

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Postpone any glimmer of hope you have of a cheeky trip to the land of sheep and hobbits because according to the CEO of Air New Zealand, that whole idea of a trans-Tasman travel bubble won’t be happening until at least March next year.

After months of politicians and business leaders promising that an open border with New Zealand was just around the corner, the airline’s boss Greg Foran has come to the conclusion that it’s actually a long way off.

“I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year,” he told the The Age.

“It’s hard to believe it would be before March next year and could well be longer. If it comes back quicker, we’re going to pop some champagne.”

Back in June, New Zealand claimed to have eliminated the virus was finally able to leave lockdown. Australia also seemed to be on the verge of squashing the virus, hence why the idea of a trans-Tasman bubble came into existence.

But then more cases started to pop up again in NZ, and over in Australia, Victoria even had a second wave, putting travel hopes on the backburner.

Foran actually started the job back in February, right when all this shit really hit the fan.

“I never got to experience Air New Zealand in anything but a crisis,” he added.

The border closure is personal for him, too, because he’s got three kids and seven grandkids over here in Aus.

The future, he reckons, will have a lot more restrictions on flying. That could include COVID-19 tests before and after flights, increased tracking of passengers, and possibly even travel passes for people who have antibodies.

That might work a few years down the line, but for now, it means there’s not going to be any New Zealand getaways over the summer.

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