Parents Issue Warning After Son's Skinned Knee Results In Amputation

Parents Issue Warning After Son's Skinned Knee Results In Amputation

It’s a part of being a kid: you ride your bike, you fall down, you skin your knee. But Beauden Baumkirchner’s skinned knee led to a completely different life after an infection led to both legs being amputated. His parents are issuing a warning: trust your instincts.


Juliana and Brian Baumkirchner said their son was riding his bike when he fell and scraped his knee. They cleaned it up at home without another thought. But later than night, three-year-old Beauden spiked a fever. Throughout the next day, his knee began to swell and his fever grew worse. By the following day, he was having trouble breathing, and his fever hadn't subsided. His knee and lip were swollen. By God’s grace, his parents knew something wasn’t right and took him to the hospital.

Had his parents waited any longer, the doctors said he would have died. That seemingly simple scrape led to a staph infection. Even though strain of staph bacteria that they found on Beauden’s knee was a common strain, the reason the toddler got so sick was because the strain of staph carried toxins that are similar to those that cause toxic shock syndrome.

But in order to save his life, his medical team realized they needed to amputate his legs. Over the past two months, the brave boy has endured eighteen surgeries. Besides his legs, doctors also had to remove two fingers as well.

The medical team praised his parents for getting him to the hospital in time. Both Beauden’s parents and his doctors both warn other parents who see a child's condition rapidly worsening should do the same, get help right away.

But his parents see the positive in this tragedy. God saved his life and their son is coming home. His mom said, “We’re not driving home with an empty car seat,” Juliana said. “So that in itself is a blessing.”

“It’s important for parents to really watch their children,” Brian said. “We watched our son to the tee, and there were no symptoms of anything. And how you prevent it is super difficult because most of the time you can’t even see anything, it’s inside their bodies.”

Thank God for his mighty hand on this family. Beauden will have a powerful story to tell others about how God saved his life as he grows up.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand” Psalm 121:1-5

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