A devastated mom is urgently cautioning other parents following the tragic death of her seven-year-old daughter due to her own birthday balloons.
Young Alexandra Hope Kelly was having a celebration at her house in Clinton, Tennessee, USA, when a terrible accident occurred.
Channa Kelly, her mother, discovered her daughter lying 'face down on the living room floor' and promptly dialed 911 for help.
Emergency services 'worked tirelessly' to revive her, but sadly, their efforts were in vain.
On Facebook, Kelly shared that she had 'never imagined there was such a risk' and had been completely unaware of the potential dangers.
Now, she hopes that sharing her story can prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
"Alex asked if she could pop her large '7' balloon and I said that was fine," she writes.
"I would have never imagined that she would have been able to fit this balloon over her head. I went to my bedroom unaware of any dangers with this type of balloon."
"I fell asleep briefly and when I woke up I found my daughter face down on the living room floor where I had left her."
She noticed the balloon above her daughter's head, swiftly removed it, then dialed 911 and performed CPR to try and save her daughter's life.
"A police officer arrived and took over CPR followed by firefighters and paramedics. They worked tirelessly to try to bring her back but their attempts to revive her were unsuccessful," Kelly continues.
The sorrowful mother was uncertain whether her daughter passed away due to 'helium poisoning or suffocation.' They are currently awaiting confirmation of her cause of death, a process that could take up to six months.
In her post, she concluded by expressing her desire to raise awareness about the risks associated with balloons. She hopes that sharing her own heartbreaking experience can prevent other parents from going through the same ordeal.
"I hope and pray that this will save the lives of other children. I wouldn't want anyone else to experience the pain and devastation that the loss of a child brings," she shares.
Kelly's sister-in-law, Kristi Tucker, has created a GoFundMe page aiming to help cover the funeral expenses.
As of now, the page has collected $14,700, nearing its goal of $15,000.
In Alexandra's obituary, she is remembered as 'a loving and kind-hearted little girl with a lively spirit'.
It continues: "She loved to sing and dance and make her mama laugh. Her animated conversation could make anyone smile and she was wonderful to talk to.
"Her favourite colour was blue and the sparkle in her eyes revealed a true angel on earth. Now she is an angel in her Heavenly Father's arms and so many hearts are broken to not have her still here with us.
"However, we are comforted knowing that the beauty she brought to this world will never be forgotten. She was a precious soul and her Father needed her with Him. He called her home, but her light remains."