We aired a very scary story today from Florida about a mom who almost lost her infant son because of one way she was cutting costs. Jeri Moss was watering down her 5-month-old son's baby formula. She rushed little Ladarian to the hospital when he stopped breathing. Doctors said, had Moss gotten there one hour later, Ladarian would have died. The infant was diagnosed with water intoxication syndrome.
Moss said she was trying to save the formula by stretching it out; she couldn't afford to buy more. What seemed, to Moss, like a resourceful way to feed her child, nearly killed him.
If you want to watch the full story, go to /www.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local/article/baby_formula_nearly_drowns_infant/49209/.
This woman didn't have to tell her story to the news. I'm glad she did, though, since it's very possible other parents or caregivers might come up with the same cost-cutting measure.
This close call begs the question: are there other ways people are trying to save money that could potentially be dangerous?