some great pointsOriginally Posted by leann coburnOkay, as I said in another thread, there are ways that the living child could have been saved, at least for some period of time. Maybe forever. If these parents were so ignorant as to not know the methods of lifesaving, then I find that hard to believe. At least we know that Darin tried mouth-to-mouth with the result being that the air just came out back through his chest. What should he have done then? He should have wrapped the boy's chest tightly with Saran Wrap. And we know Darlie was convenient to it in the kitchen. This would have made it possible for him to have breathed. For deep stab wounds, the largest kotex pads in the house (and most mothers have them after they have given birth and things change) should have been applied to the wounds and if possible taped with duct tape. Lifesaving 101. I am not medically trained. I am an ex-mortician.
Haven't you all heard that if a person cannot breathe due to a crushed trachea or other blockage, that you should insert a straw or an empty pen casing into a small x-shaped cut in the windpipe? It may be gross, but any thinking parent would do this.
So they were in shock? Then the natural adrenaline should have kicked in. I know because my husband and I ran into a drunk driver (3X the limit) when he crossed in front of us a few years ago. I didn't panic. I sprang into action and told everyone to shut up. I cut the airbags off of his face with a knife handed to me. I felt for a pulse. It was very rapid, indicating shock like a scared rabbit's pulse. I knew then that there was nothing I could do. So I took his left hand (which took a lot of digging since he was not wearing his seatbelt) and I prayed the Lord's Prayer for him. Knowing that his hearing was going to be the last thing to go (the mind saves itself as long as possible), I told him that "we were going to get him home and that he was going to be alright". I already knew, of course, that he WAS going home. Just not to his earthly home. I don't know if he thought I was an angel or his daughter or his wife. He was only 43. But I felt his hand when it finally let go and I knew it was over. He was dead on the scene. The point is that it doesn't ever help to panic and that we don't have to. Actually, when placed in these circumstances, most people react rationally, and this has been proven by research.
So if I found my child still laboring to breathe, I would know what to try. It's what the military does to this day. And they save many lives on the battlefield because of it.
What were Darlie and Darin thinking as he watched the air come back out with blood and as she stood there just worried about herself?
I also have to add that in my experience in embalming dead bodies, a wet towel would only cause blood to ooze out quicker than usual. Were they really that dumb or are most of us just geniuses? I know I'm not a genius. No Jimmy Neutron here. Just practical experience. I think they never wanted either of the children to make it after the attack had been committed. Because they could have talked. And that just couldn't be.
"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year". (dibs to Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett died last weekend after fighting a long battle with mental disease brought on by heavy drug use.) I think this quote applies perfectly to the Routiers. Give some people a good life and they'll do everything that they can to mess it up.