When Emmett Rauch started coughing up blood, his parents clearly knew something was wrong.
Karla and Michael tried so hard to baby-proof their house, but they missed one thing: the DVD remote.
After Emmett's first birthday, his parents noticed he was getting very lethargic and feverish so they took him to the doctor, who said Emmett had a common cold. A few days later, he was coughing up blood.
Little Emmett was rushed to the ER, where he had many tests and X-rays done to figure out what was happening. That's when the doctors figured it out.
Emmett had swallowed a small battery from the DVD remote and it had gotten lodged in his throat.
Doctors were able to remove the battery, but things went from bad to worse: the battery had started leaking, and Emmett's trachea and been severely burned. Over the course of 5 years, Emmett needed 65 surgeries, along with hours of speech, physical, and occupational therapy.
Karla and Michael are hoping their story will shed light on the danger of batteries.