SF tech boss says his baby OD’d on FENTANYL after picking up lump while crawling around playground | Daily Mail Online

    San Francisco tech boss says his 10-month-old son OD’d on FENTANYL after picking up lump of deadly opioid while crawling around playground in crime and drug-ridden woke city

    The ten-month old baby of a San Francisco tech boss overdosed this week after ingesting fentanyl he found while crawling around the neighborhood playground.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Ivan Matkovic, 35, was called by his twin sons’ nanny to the neighborhood George Moscone playground where he found paramedics standing around his child, holding a mask connected to a breathing apparatus over his son’s mouth.

    The nanny had previously called Matkovic, the founder of IT and consulting tech company Spendgo, to inform him one of his children was not breathing properly and that she was going to begin administering CPR and call 911.

    When paramedics arrived at the playground and saw there was nothing obstructing the baby Sena’s ability to breathe, they administered Narcan – a drug used to reverse the effects of a fentanyl overdose. 

    Within seconds, according to an account of the incident in the San Francisco Chronicle, the baby began breathing and crying again.

    Medical staff at the hospital later ran tests that confirmed baby Matkovic had fentanyl in his system. After the child was observed for more than six hours, the family was sent home close to midnight.

    Ivan Matkovic and his 10-month-old son Sena, who accidentally ingested fentanyl at a neighborhood playground on Tuesday

    Baby Sena one day after his fentanyl incident is again playing with balls in his backyard. His parents now have a new health threat to worry about

    Matkovic, his wife, twin sons and their nanny recount the ordeal, which occurred Tuesday afternoon at a local park in their neighborhood

    The parents say it is not unusual for their inquisitive young sons to play with things they find on the ground and put leaves in their mouths. No drug paraphernalia was found at the local park where Sena overdosed

    The child’s nanny, Wendy Marroqui, recalls realizing the child had become dizzy and was having trouble breathing. She soon made the decision to administer CPR and call an ambulance

    The family nanny told Matkovic his son had been crawling in the grass, putting leaves in his mouth, as was his usual way. She said she hadn’t seen what the baby touched or ingested and didn’t notice any drugs, foil or needles in the area.

    The city’s department of Parks and Recreation said they did not find any drugs or paraphernalia after a search of the park that evening. The likeliest exposure, police determined, was powder, which is hard to find.

    Matkovic says fentanyl exposure is something he and his wife will now have to add to the list of health threats to his young family, and others should take the incident into consideration as well.

    ‘I just wanted to let people know that along with coyotes and RSV and COVID, this is another thing to add to you checklist of things that you’re looking out for, because we weren’t,’ he said.

    Authorities say they are coordinating to ensure the family area remains free of drug use and paraphernalia that may contaminate the playground.

    Matkovic told the outlet he does not believe his family’s nanny, or anyone else at the park, had fentanyl or gave it to the child.

    ‘Really if it wasn’t for her and her fast reactions, we might not be with our son today,’ said Matkovic the nanny’s quick decision making during the crisis.

    ‘It’s not just dealers and people you don’t know who are impacted by this, it’s tipping over into the broader populace, and it feels like it needs that kind of COVID-like attention, and it doesn’t seem like it’s getting that,’ he said.

    A national study from the Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association indicates that at least 25 young children overdosed on fentanyl – a dozen fatally – between 2003 and 2014. That number will likely climb significantly as the reality of the fentanyl crisis grips many major US cities.

    Matkovic, the CEO and founder of IT consulting and tech company Spendgo, choked up as he recounted the moment paramedics were helping his son breathe

    Naloxone – commonly sold as Narcan – is a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdoes as it is happening. Often, however, drug users are taking illicit substance alone, meaning there is no one onsite to administer the drug

    Los Angeles County is confronting the shocking revelation that fentanyl linked deaths have increased 13-fold in just five years as the synthetic opioid has taken over the street drug trade

    One nanny at the playground on Wednesday told the outlet that the incident, though horrifying, was hardly a surprise given the realities of life in San Francisco.

    ‘You literally have to watch their every move,’ she said. ‘Does it make me nervous? Yeah. But we found glass over there…syringes…I don’t let kids go into the bushes.’

    ‘Every playground has these problems,’ she said.

    Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times more powerful than heroin, is often mixed with cocaine and other stimulants and consumed unknowingly by recreational drug users.

    After the number of US deaths related to overdoses linked to synthetic opioids climbed to 70,000 last year, public health officials continue to sound the alarm over the extremely potent nature of fentanyl.

    In Los Angeles county alone, the number of fentanyl deaths in the last half-decade has exploded a whopping 1,280 percent.

    Los Angeles officials briefed the public Tuesday about the new numbers, which have soared 13-fold from 109 deaths linked to fentanyl in 2016, to 1,504 in 2021. 

    SF tech boss says his baby OD’d on FENTANYL after picking up lump while crawling around playground

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