Stephanie Franek Biography — Wiki
Stephanie Franek is the nurse mom of 13-year-old boy Peyton Baumgarth who died from COVID-19 complications after a coughing fit. Franek has described how his blood was spattered over a hospital wall as she urges Americans to take the pandemic seriously. She is survived by two children.
Baumgarth, who had asthma and a thyroid problem, died from COVID-19 complications on October 31 just six days after showing symptoms.
Stephanie Franek Age
Stephanie Franek is 44 years old.
Stephanie Franek discusses her son’s final moments
Early health conditions of Peyton Baumgarth
Peyton’s devastated mom Stephanie Franek had taken him to a Missouri hospital just two days earlier after his condition suddenly deteriorated, as his nailbeds turned blue and he struggled to talk easily. He then suffered a severe coughing fit in the ICU at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St Louis.
Franek has discussed her son’s final moments to serve as a reminder that children can also die from the virus. The 13-year-old’s tragic death came just six weeks before his aunt – who was also a nurse – died from the deadly virus.
Peyton’s distraught mom told The Sun she tested positive for the virus on October 25 and both she and her son started showing mild symptoms. Franek said Peyton’s symptoms didn’t seem life-threatening and that they just spent their time in quarantine watching Netflix together.
But on October 29, she said she noticed her son take a turn for the worse.
Peyton’s fingernail and toenail beds turned blue and he struggled to hold a conversation, she said.
The concerned mom took her son to the hospital that day where doctors discovered his oxygen saturation levels had fallen to 44 percent. Franek said she was shocked by this as, as a nurse, ‘I have never seen someone walking and talking with an oxygen saturation level of just 44 percent’.
Within an hour, Peyton was put on a ventilator and he was given extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – a treatment that replaces the function of the person’s own lungs by pumping blood to an artificial lung that adds oxygen and takes out carbon dioxide.
Stephanie Franek on Peyton Baumgarth’s death
Franek told the outlet she still thought ‘we’ll get over this hump and bring him home.’
But two days later on October 31, Peyton deteriorated rapidly and started having a coughing fit and hemorrhaging in his chest.
‘He had this big coughing fit and he basically started to hemorrhage in his chest,’ she said.
Doctors performed CPR and tried to replace the ECMO tubes in his neck to increase his oxygen levels, which caused the blood that had pooled in his chest to spray all over the surgeons and the hospital walls, his mom said. A team of 10 nurses and four doctors desperately tried to save him but Franek watched as her son died.
Franek paid tribute to her son describing him as ‘the sweetest boy’ who ‘made everyone smile’.
Franek was then dealt another blow six weeks later when her sister died on December 7 from COVID-19.
Cyndi Crawford, a 57-year-old trauma nurse, had contracted the virus the week before Thanksgiving and was also put on a ventilator and given ECMO before she died.