According to the newspaper, they still aren't 100% sure what caused his death and are awaiting autopsy results. However, in February, he had febrile seizures, which are normally harmless and are caused by a fever. He recovered from the seizure in February. However, he had a seizure at school last Tuesday. Because the doctors weren't able to keep his body temperature and oxygen levels stable, his brain swelled and he died.
I can certainly understand now why the daycare director answered me the way she did. As far as she knew--there was a seizure. Besides, I am sure she has very little experience in dealing with an issue such as this, even if she had coaching from the corporate attorneys. The teacher who witnessed the fall with me really IS in Belize and won't even find out until tomorrow that Nathaniel died. Now that my conspiracy-theory imagination is on idle, I do understand that it was much more complicated than a fall.
I decided to send them a sympathy card. By the way, have you ever bought a sympathy card? I spent 30 minutes in the card aisle at Target tearing up and trying to choose the card that sucked the least. In the end, I wrote them a note sharing my last memory of Nathaniel from the perspective that he was an amazingly tough kid and that it was a testament to them as parents. I didn't go into detail about the fall--I just didn't see the point. The seizure would not have been caused by a fall.
While I can at least sleep at night now, knowing that the daycare wasn't trying to do a massive cover-up, it is still really tough to imagine that these sorts of medical tragedies happen. It's tough to imagine the hell the parents are going through. But the silver lining in this very dark cloud is that there are two children and an adult alive right now because of his gift.