Mother whose son choked to death on a bouncy ball talks about grief


Four months ago mother-of-three Anna Davis was forced to live every parent’s worst nightmare. 

She watched from just three feet away as her toddler Alby choked to death on a bouncy ball gifted to him as an early fourth birthday present. 

Anna attempted to pull out the ball – which was only slightly larger than a 50 cent piece – and performed CPR for 16 minutes during an ‘excruciating’ wait for paramedics.

She watched from just three feet away as her toddler Alby (pictured) choked to death on a bouncy ball gifted to him as an early fourth birthday present

She watched from just three feet away as her toddler Alby (pictured) choked to death on a bouncy ball gifted to him as an early fourth birthday present

She watched from just three feet away as her toddler Alby (pictured) choked to death on a bouncy ball gifted to him as an early fourth birthday present

The Tasmanian owner of toy shop The Small Folk was pregnant with Alby’s brother or sister at the time of the heartbreaking ordeal, and is preparing to give birth in a matter of days.

Reflecting on the waves of grief that have ebbed and flowed in their charming family’s life for the last few months, Anna took to Instagram to talk about her baby-to-be.  

‘While paramedics fought to bring our precious Alby back from the heavens, I knelt by his side, with his hand clutched in my own, as our unborn babe kicked inside my womb,’ she wrote.

The Tasmanian owner of toy shop The Small Folk was pregnant with Alby's brother or sister at the time of the heartbreaking ordeal, and is preparing to give birth in a matter of days (pictured when she was pregnant with Alby)

The Tasmanian owner of toy shop The Small Folk was pregnant with Alby's brother or sister at the time of the heartbreaking ordeal, and is preparing to give birth in a matter of days (pictured when she was pregnant with Alby)

The Tasmanian owner of toy shop The Small Folk was pregnant with Alby’s brother or sister at the time of the heartbreaking ordeal, and is preparing to give birth in a matter of days (pictured when she was pregnant with Alby)

Reflecting on the waves of grief that have ebbed and flowed in their charming family's life for the last few months, Anna took to Instagram to talk about her baby-to-be (Acre, Alby and Sage pictured)

Reflecting on the waves of grief that have ebbed and flowed in their charming family's life for the last few months, Anna took to Instagram to talk about her baby-to-be (Acre, Alby and Sage pictured)

Reflecting on the waves of grief that have ebbed and flowed in their charming family’s life for the last few months, Anna took to Instagram to talk about her baby-to-be (Acre, Alby and Sage pictured)

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby at 41 weeks

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby at 41 weeks

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby at 41 weeks

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby at 41 weeks

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby (pictured) at 41 weeks

‘And in that moment the overwhelming contrast of life and death reared its ugly beauty in a way I never conceived possible.

‘The last few days have been spent swimming through a tidal wave of grief, grappling with the almost incomprehensible thoughts of one sweet life slipping through our fingers only four months ago, while physically and mentally preparing to guide our next little starling into the universe.

‘Sometimes this grief is raw and unbridled and takes us all by surprise. And all that we can do is surrender, allow our tears to cleanse the fire, and then set it free.’

The poetic caption accompanied a beautiful photo of Anna when she was pregnant with Alby at 41 weeks. 

She is currently 42 weeks and four days pregnant with Alby's sibling, with sister Sage Mila Wren and brother Acre Roo being similar overdue

She is currently 42 weeks and four days pregnant with Alby's sibling, with sister Sage Mila Wren and brother Acre Roo being similar overdue

She is currently 42 weeks and four days pregnant with Alby’s sibling, with sister Sage Mila Wren and brother Acre Roo being similar overdue

At the time of Alby's death in March the devastated mother took to social media to clarify some of the heartbreaking details and explain how 'incorrect assumptions' about the tragedy were hurting the grieving family further

At the time of Alby's death in March the devastated mother took to social media to clarify some of the heartbreaking details and explain how 'incorrect assumptions' about the tragedy were hurting the grieving family further

At the time of Alby’s death in March the devastated mother took to social media to clarify some of the heartbreaking details and explain how ‘incorrect assumptions’ about the tragedy were hurting the grieving family further

She is currently 42 weeks and four days pregnant with Alby’s sibling, with sister Sage Mila Wren and brother Acre Roo being similar overdue.

At the time of Alby’s death in March the devastated mother took to social media to clarify some of the heartbreaking details and explain how ‘incorrect assumptions’ about the tragedy were hurting the grieving family further.

‘The heartache we are already experiencing is indescribable,’ she wrote.

‘To very briefly clarify some of the most widely spread misconceptions – yes, I tried to save our beautiful boy (including, but not only, undertaking CPR for 16 excruciating minutes until paramedics arrived).

‘I was three feet away from Alby when the incident occurred and was by his side within seconds.’

She explained how the ball - which features the smiling face of a character from animated children's program PJ Masks - was larger than the 50 cent piece recommendation for young children's toys

She explained how the ball - which features the smiling face of a character from animated children's program PJ Masks - was larger than the 50 cent piece recommendation for young children's toys

She explained how the ball – which features the smiling face of a character from animated children’s program PJ Masks – was larger than the 50 cent piece recommendation for young children’s toys

Mrs Davis also said her son exceeded the ball's choking hazard warning by almost an entire year

Mrs Davis also said her son exceeded the ball's choking hazard warning by almost an entire year

Mrs Davis also said her son exceeded the ball’s choking hazard warning by almost an entire year

She explained how the ball – which features the smiling face of a character from animated children’s program PJ Masks – was larger than the 50 cent piece recommendation for young children’s toys.

Mrs Davis also said her son exceeded the ball’s choking hazard warning by almost an entire year.

A picture of the same type of ball was supplied by Mrs Davis to Daily Mail Australia, revealing how it fits inside the palm of her hand.

The ball came in a six pack of assorted colours, which can be found at department store BIG W and various party supplies stores for less than AUD$15.

Alby died after choking on the ball just 40 minutes after telling his mother 'I can't wait to go to bed'

Alby died after choking on the ball just 40 minutes after telling his mother 'I can't wait to go to bed'

Alby died after choking on the ball just 40 minutes after telling his mother ‘I can’t wait to go to bed’

A picture of the same type of ball was supplied by Mrs Davis to Daily Mail Australia, revealing how it fits inside the palm of her hand

A picture of the same type of ball was supplied by Mrs Davis to Daily Mail Australia, revealing how it fits inside the palm of her hand

A picture of the same type of ball was supplied by Mrs Davis to Daily Mail Australia, revealing how it fits inside the palm of her hand

Mrs Davis posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday night of Alby in bed with his new birthday bed linen and captioned it with her 'golden boy's' last words

Mrs Davis posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday night of Alby in bed with his new birthday bed linen and captioned it with her 'golden boy's' last words

Mrs Davis posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday night of Alby in bed with his new birthday bed linen and captioned it with her ‘golden boy’s’ last words

The front of the packet features a choking hazard and warns the toy is a ‘small ball not suited for children under three years’.

Alby died after choking on the ball just 40 minutes after telling his mother ‘I can’t wait to go to bed’.

Mrs Davis posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday night of Alby in bed with his new birthday bed linen and captioned it with her ‘golden boy’s’ last words.

She wrote: ”’I can’t wait to go to bed tonight Mum!” ‘Our precious boy, with his brand new doona cover, 2.49pm on Monday afternoon… exactly 40 minutes before he took his final earthside breath in my arms.’

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the time, she said the family were very grateful for the ‘love and gratitude’ they have received ‘as we fathom the loss of our golden boy’.



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