A mum-of-five has told of her ongoing horror as her daughter suddenly stops breathing and momentarily dies because her heart stops beating when she gets too upset or scared.
Heartbreaking footage shows the moment two-year-old Bethany goes limp and briefly dies.
In the frightening video, Natalie Davis, 31, can be seen taking care of her baby while two-year-old Bethany stands next to her crying.
Bethany suddenly goes limp as Natalie grabs her and cradles her in her arm.
Natalie gently lays her daughter on the ground and after a couple of seconds, Bethany starts to come to and cry while her mum soothes her.
This shocking incident is just one of 12 times Bethany’s heart has stopped beating in her short life.
Even the smallest amounts of fear or pain can trigger a miscommunication between Bethany’s otherwise healthy heart and brain causing her to pass out and her heart to stop.
In longer attacks, Natalie and her husband Paul Davis, 33, have watched in horror as their little girl turns blue and her ‘stiff’ body convulses.
The couple described the terror of hearing their children call for them because ‘Bethany’s dead’ when the tot has had an episode in front of her scared and confused siblings.
Now heartbroken full-time mum Natalie and supervisor Paul worry their toddler is being robbed of her childhood as they can’t help but panic every time she wants to run around it might trigger an episode.
Natalie, of Mesa, Arizona, US, said: “It’s the scariest thing. My kid is in my arms lifeless and I can’t help her.
“When the episodes first started I would go into full panic mode and ball my eyes out.
“I’ve always considered myself a calm person but I’d be the crazy person calling 911 and they would have to ask me to calm down because they couldn’t understand me.”
She explained Bethany’s condition can be triggered when she gets scared or gets hurt.
“It sucks. We can’t sent her to daycare and I can’t get a job because I wouldn’t trust anybody else with her,” Natalie continued.
“I’m too scared to let her away from my side at the park or go on play dates. When she’s in her room, I’m constantly checking the camera we have in there to make sure she’s okay.
“It’s hard for her and it’s hard for our other children because they don’t understand and feel like all our attention is on Bethany.”
Bethany lives with her parents, oldest brother Triston Matthews, 13, sisters Lily Davis, 10, and Jude Davis, three, and baby brother Elijah Davis, seven months.
The toddler has always been completely healthy and happy until her first attack in May last year after bumping her head while playing with Jude.
Natalie and Paul have since taken Bethany to seek help from several medical experts and it has been revealed that there is a glitch in the communication between the girl’s heart and brain when she experiences even the smallest amount of fear or pain.
Bethany was diagnosed in November with a form of fainting called vasovagal syncope that causes her to pass out when scared or hurt and sinus pause which makes her heart suddenly stop.
Since then she underwent surgery to have a loop recorder implant placed in her chest so the medics can analyse her condition based on Bethany’s heart rate.
If the toddler’s heart stops, Natalie has a special device which the mum holds over her daughter’s heart to send the hospital an alert.
If Bethany’s heart begins to stop for extended periods of time, the tot may need a pacemaker fitted but her mum and dad are determined to exhaust all other options before such a ‘life-changing’ surgery.
To help them manage their daughter’s condition, Natalie and Paul want to get Bethany a medical support dog trained to alert them before an attack and keep the tot calm during and after the episodes.
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While a kind breeder has offered to donate a golden retriever puppy, Natalie and Paul are unable to cover the $7,000 (£5,389) needed for specialist dog training and have set up a fundraising page .
The mum says any help towards training the pup would be completely life-changing not just for Bethany but for their whole family.
Natalie said: “The breeder making such a kind gesture and donating a puppy to Bethany is so amazing. Her puppy has been born but he won’t be ready to come home until March.
“We know it’s a huge ask for people to donate to the training but it will be so life-changing for Bethany and all of us. It will bring me and her dad so much reassurance.
“Once he’s trained, the dog will be able to alert us up to 45 minutes before Bethany is likely to have an episode and try to keep her calm.
“During an episode he’ll lie on her to keep her on her side so she doesn’t swallow her tongue or choke and then keep her calm after the episode when she is really disoriented.”