Doctors said Casey Gilbert died of symptoms related to heatstroke. (Source: Facebook)
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A grieving mother is warning others about the
dangers of extreme heat following the death of her son.
Casey Gilbert suffered symptoms of heatstroke
after working outdoors last Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital and later
died. He was 27 years old.
While difficult to talk about the experience
so soon after Casey's death, Stephanie Anderson said if her son's death can
serve as a warning to others and can save just one life, it is worth it.
"I hate falling asleep at night because I
know I've got to wake up in the morning and start another day without my son," Anderson
Emergency officials said Casey had a body
temperature of 108 degrees. Anderson said the doctor told her Casey would not
"I went in and held him in my arms until he
took his last breath," she recalled.
Casey had planned on marrying his girlfriend
of eight months. Anderson said she wants to use her son's death to warn others
about the dangers of heat, how to take proper precautions, and know when to say
"Drink plenty of fluids. The main thing is,
if you get to feeling weak and tired, just stop. No job, no amount of money is
worth your life," she said.
Casey Gilbert is one of two men in their 20s
who suffered heatstroke symptoms and died last week in Limestone County.
There are three simple steps to follow if you
suspect someone may be suffering from heatstroke – get them cool, get them
water, and call 911 immediately – do not wait to see if symptoms change.