DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Michele Terry lost her youngest daughter Mika 6 years ago. “June 23, 2005 was the day.”
Her husband was driving the baby to daycare that morning when he got a phone call and hit a roadblock. “He had to back up and go a totally different direction where he didn’t pass the daycare, all while she’s asleep in the back,” she said.
That’s where 6-month-old Mika stayed, while her father went to work at a local church. Four hours later, he suddenly remembered. “It hit him like a ton of bricks, and he remembered and it was too late,” she said.
Mika’s story is now being featured in a new public awareness campaign - Look Before You Lock.
Forgetting your own child may seem unthinkable, but in the last 10 years, 65 children in Texas have died of heat stroke inside a car. So far, this year, another 6 have joined the list. “Don’t think you’re any kind of special person that this won’t happen to you,” said Terry.
Mika’s picture will appear on pamphlets given to new moms at hospitals nationwide, offering a number of suggestions. Terry says all she can do now – is share Mika’s story – and hope other parents listen. “If it can save one child, save one family from the heartache, the guilt,” she said, “Then, then her life meant something.”