A municipal guard in Florianópolis drew attention this week after starring in an unusual scene. Charles da Rosa Perfect opened the way, amidst the congestion of the Pedro Ivo Campos bridge, access to Santa Catarina Island, for the passage of a family that took a boy with dwarfism2 years old, who was unconscious and needed urgent medical attention.
Perfect is known in the city for waving to drivers passing through the stretch. This time, the gesture of kindness was intended for Cauê, who had felt sick in the morning. The syndrome caused in the child also hydrocephalus.
“I was having breakfast, ready to start the day. He drank his milk, as soon as he drank it, he turned to the side and threw up everything he had taken and passed out. He just passed out”, remembers his father, Alexandre Schmitz.
He and his wife, Ana Paula Cazarré, ran with their unconscious son to the car and headed towards the Joana Gusmão Children’s Hospital, in the Capital. The family lives in São José, in Greater Florianópolis.
On the Pedro Ivo Campos Bridge, the road that gives access to the Island, traffic was congested. “I stopped the car and asked for help. Immediately he jumped on the bike, turned on the radio and said: ‘come after him'”reports.
Immediately, the municipal guard called colleagues, who mobilized to open traffic to the hospital. With the motorcycle in front of the vehicle carrying Cauê, they entered the island.
Charles opened the way for the cars and helped drive Cauê to the hospital — Photo: NSC TV/ Reproduction
“He said he wanted to go to the Children’s Hospital, I called the vehicles that were nearby and we move in an emergency situation”, recalls Charles.
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According to the Municipal Guard, the agents took turns blocking intersections and traffic lights until they reached the unit.
Cauê entered the Children’s Hospital unconscious, in the arms of his father, who says that the medical team attended to him promptly. The boy had to undergo an overhaul of the valve that releases pressure in the brain.
According to Melina More, a neurosurgeon, the child was at risk of death. She points out that rapid displacement was key to preventing brain damage.
“Once the valve does not work, the child ends up developing intracranial hypertension, which can lead to neurological sequelae, such as seizures, paralysis of some part of the body, permanent blindness, coma and death”, he points out.
Alexandre highlighted the importance of acts of kindness. “At this time we are nothing. We depend completely on other people. We managed to overcome this one more, this is the feeling that we can pass on”, reinforced Cauê’s father, grateful.
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