A child’s death is literally the worst thing that can happen to a parent–and it’s especially painful if the death was unexpected. This is what happened to two children, aged 3 and 4, who died of heatstroke after they were unintentionally left in a hot car in the Negev Desert this past Wednesday. It is reported that they were laid to rest in southern Israel today.
The brothers’ father, Kassem Asaadi, told The Times of Israel how the tragedy happened without him even realizing, explaining the seemingly ordinary events of the day:
“I took my wife to work. The two children were with me in the car, sleeping. I continued on to the school where I work, and I forgot them.
After a day of work I entered the car, didn’t sense the children. I went to the daycare where I leave them, and when I got there I asked the daycare teacher where they were. She said ‘They didn’t come today.’ I thought she was joking.
Because whenever I come pick up the kids, they jump on me. But this time they didn’t. I went straight back to the car, and I couldn’t believe it when I saw my two children lifeless.”
This is absolutely horrifying, as it could happen to anyone. We often don’t realize how our daily stresses and anxieties sometimes can overwhelm us without even noticing, and cause us to forget what we need to do, or haven’t done–and in this case, those stresses may have contributed to this tragic mistake.
Now that summer is officially here, it’s important to be extra vigilant about preventing heatstroke. Here’s a few tips from the National Safety Council that you should be sure to check out.
Our hearts go out to the family.