Woman Narrates How Energy Drinks Almost Killed Her Husband While She Was 9 Months Pregnant

Many of us have tried an energy drink now and then for an extra boost before we hit the gym or just for a pick-me-up around 4:00 PM at the office. Maybe even some of you drink them on a regular basis. But have you ever considered what is actually in these drinks, and how the incredibly high amounts of sugar and caffeine could affect your body?

If you hadn’t heard, a teen from California died last April due to excessive intake of caffeine from energy drinks. If that’s not enough for you to think twice about slurping down these sugary time bombs, then read this heart-wrenching story of a new father who has physically changed forever due to his over-dependence on energy drinks.

Scroll down to read Brianna’s story described in her own words. Please share this with anyone who may doubt that energy drinks can be dangerous.

Austin and his wife Brianna were a happy couple expecting their first baby

Image credits: Endres Photography

“Hello, my name is Brianna, and this is my story…

Love is not the little things. It is not the phone calls, the dates, or even the memories. Love is knowing you would sacrifice things that you didn’t even know you could sacrifice. Love is selfless.

Have you ever felt your life shake ? Have you ever been hit with so much emotional turmoil to the point where everything around you becomes fuzzy and shaken? Your lungs feel tight and for a brief second you can’t do anything. You are unable to move, unable to think, unable to even react. I have. I experienced something I never thought I would experience…all while nine months pregnant with my first child.

Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most amazing journeys you will ever embark on. You’re creating a new life. You are experiencing unconditional love for someone you have not even met.

Austin and I were so excited to meet our little boy. To bring him home. To be a family.”

Austin started drinking energy drinks due to a very hectic work schedule. Never once did he think they would put him in the hospital

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“I never imagined as I went to sleep that night, that my whole world would be shattered within hours.

I still remember my mother in law waking me up that morning. ‘Austin had an accident’ she said.

All I knew was that my husband was in the hospital. The worst part? I didn’t know why.

After a two hour drive to the hospital, I learned that my husband, the father of my child, the person I am so deeply in love with, had had a brain hemorrhage. Why? The doctors concluded (after running his tox screen and ruling out drugs) that this horrible event was due to his recent excessive energy drink consumption (a habit he had built when he started working longer hours and commuting).

Surgery was already in motion… and after an agonizing 5-hour wait, we got to see him. But while everyone was focused on the almost unrecognizable face hooked up to all sorts of machines and tubes, all I could see was his parents. I saw the light leave his mother’s eyes as she saw her motionless son laying in that hospital bed. I saw his father break down crying as he held onto his wife.

They didn’t know if the life they created together would even wake up.

Watching this family — my new family, who I have grown to love and be a part of, be so shattered and broken…that is the worst feeling I have ever felt.”

After a tragic brain hemorrhage and multiple surgeries, Austin woke up with irrecoverable damage to his skull, and a wife about to give birth to their first child

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“The next day was round two of brain surgery. Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for.

There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it.

After two weeks of living in a hospital, wondering if he would survive or be taken from us, we made our way back home.

The time had come for me to deliver our baby.”

Brianna could not let the stress of dealing with Austin’s recovery distract her from the incredibly important job of becoming a mother

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“I’m not going to lie to anyone, it was so hard. I had planned on Austin being a part of this huge moment. Being by my side. Holding my hand. Being there to cut the cord. Being there to welcome our son into the world. It didn’t feel right…

But a beautiful miracle happened as I delivered our son. Austin woke up. I went about a week without seeing him. I thought about him every day. I cried as I looked at my child who looked just like his daddy.

When the baby was only a week old, I left him with my in-laws.

I knew I needed to see Austin. I needed to tell him that our baby was here. To tell him how much we needed him.”

Austin awoke from a coma 2 months after from his traumatic experience to finally met his baby boy

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“Weeks went by. We chased him all over the state as more operations and procedures were ordered. I saw him every chance I got.

At a little over 2 months old, our son finally met his dad. A day I wasn’t sure I would ever see. That was the day that my heart gained some of its happiness back.

Some time after that he could finally come home to me. Our life isn’t normal. There are doctors visits and hospital trips — so many that I lose count.

But we are here. Fighting.”

Brianna accepts with gratitude and strength her role caring for her new son and permanently disabled husband

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“I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband. I prepare the meals, do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life.”

Sara Endres, a Sacramento-based photographer, gracefully captures the beauty, pain and strength of this young family

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“And in between these tasks I take care of our very busy eight month old. It is hard, and I am tired, but we make the most of it.”

Austina and Brianna’s story is living proof that true love and self-sacrifice exist

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“He isn’t the same man I fell in love with, but I still fall further everyday, We are fighting to help him recover. To make his life better. One day we will get there.

Until then, I will never give up on him. Because love is selfless, and I love him more than life itself.”

Image Credit: Endres Photography


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