Heatwave Claims Life Of 4 Month Old

Today, we have a deeply saddening story from Arizona that underscores the extreme dangers of the current heat wave affecting the region. A 4-month-old baby girl named Tanna Rae Wroblewski tragically passed away during a July Fourth weekend boating trip on Lake Havasu, likely due to heat exposure.

According to Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the heartbreaking incident. Tanna Rae lost consciousness on Friday evening while out on the boat with her family.

Despite the family’s desperate efforts to revive her with CPR, and subsequent transportation to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center, she was later airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The official cause of death has not yet been released by the medical examiner, but AccuWeather recorded a staggering high temperature of 120 degrees in Lake Havasu City on the day of the incident, suggesting that heat exposure played a significant role.

Tanna Rae’s mother, Alyssa Wolf Wroblewski, expressed her grief in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing, “Tanna Rae, our real-life angel became an angel in heaven. We are beyond devastated, heartbroken, there are just no words.”

In a subsequent post, Alyssa shared the emotional difficulty of explaining the loss to Tanna Rae’s sister, who has been leaving toys and ensuring the baby’s favorites were in the bassinet before bed.

This tragic incident highlights the severe and often fatal risks posed by extreme heat, which has been affecting Arizona and southern California intensely. The New York Times reported that three hikers have died in the Grand Canyon in the past month due to similar heat conditions.

Temperatures in the canyon can soar over 120 degrees, with heat increasing by 5.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet lost in elevation. The National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for areas below 4,000 feet during the July Fourth weekend.

In neighboring California, the extreme heat claimed another life when a motorcyclist died in Death Valley National Park, where temperatures reached a blistering 128 degrees. Another individual from the same group required advanced medical care for severe heat illness.


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