Tragedy: 14-month-old girl dies after becoming tangled in straps of backpack hanging from door handle – desperate parents warn
- Mia Macphee from Scotland was found tangled in the backpack’s thin straps
A 14-month-old girl died after becoming entangled in the straps of a bag hanging on a door, her parents revealed.
Mia Macphee, from Alness in northern Scotland, died in the tragic accident last month and her parents have warned others about the dangers of hanging things on doors when children are around.
Her parents, Connor and Hannah, were only gone a few minutes when their daughter, who was usually loud, fell silent.
Connor went looking and found Mia tangled in a small purse-style backpack with thin straps hanging on the door.
As he unleashed her, Connor yelled for his partner, who took Mia to the kitchen floor and performed CPR while the father called an ambulance to Raigmore Hospital.
Mia Macphee (pictured with father Connor) from Alness in northern Scotland was just 14 months old when she died in the tragic accident last month
Her parents Connor and Hannah were only a few minutes away from Mia when their daughter, who was usually loud, went quiet
This is a similar bag to the one involved in the tragedy, albeit with thicker straps
Baby Mia was without oxygen and it took 30 to 45 minutes for her heart to start beating again.
The one-year-old was taken to hospital in Edinburgh, where her family spent almost four days with her before she passed away.
Ms Macphee told Press and Journal: “Connor and I were in bed with her.” I had my hand on her chest and I could feel her slipping away. Her heart stopped beating.
Connor went looking and found Mia tangled in a small purse-style backpack with thin straps hanging on the door
The bubbly baby was rushed to hospital where she tragically passed away four days later
“We fell asleep with her between us.” “That was the last real time we were with our little girl.”
She added, “Mia was feisty, sassy and a daddy girl through and through.” We never could have predicted that we would lose her. We thought we had years.
“We honor her because she was amazing – but also so that it doesn’t happen to any other family.”
“We can’t stress this enough to anyone reading this: we didn’t even give a second thought to a bag hanging on a door.” But everyday things like that have to be thought of.”