A mother for the first time warns parents never to leave their baby unattended on a bed – not even for a few minutes.
Paige Ferguson from Trumann, Arkansas, was with a friend at home with her fiancée Blake Linton in March when she decided to take her nearly six-month-old son Colton to sleep. Like many parents, Ferguson placed him in the middle of the two-meter-high bed surrounded by pillows, left the door ajar and went into the other room.
Moments later, Ferguson heard a loud thump.
We heard him fall to the ground and Blake dropped everything and ran inside. I was right behind him, "Ferguson, 26, told Fox News.
" Of course, as a mother for the first time … I'm paranoid.  – Paige Ferguson
Linton grabbed a crying Colton and examined his head, he had a small bump, but after a few minutes of gentle rocking, the boy smiled and seemed to be alright.
as a mother for the first time … I'm paranoid, "said Ferguson," He's still a baby and it's his head. I wanted to get him graded to be safe [he was alright]. "
So the couple rushed the baby to the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, where he got a CT scan, later Colton vomited, and Ferguson knew something
"The doctors said he had broken his skull and it was bleeding in the brain," recalls Ferguson.
He was then flown to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis for surgery  "The fall made him bleed half of his blood volume into his brain, and when he did his brain surgery, the loss of so much blood caused a cardiac arrest," explained Ferguson. "Cardiac arrest breaks the oxygen supply to the brain and causes cerebral palsy and brain atrophy."
He then had to undergo a second brain operation and a procedure to replace his feeding tube. Ferguson recalls that Colton has received MRI's, CTs, X-rays, blood tests and EEGs.
"He is definitely not the same baby as he used to be, I love him more and more every day, but I still mourn the loss of who he was and who he would be."
"There were all sorts of treatments," Ferguson said, adding that Colton was in the hospital for about a month.
The parents said their lives – and Colton – are forever changed.
Colton is now in physical, occupational and speech therapy. Ferguson and Linton are also working with doctors to get the right medications to control the nearly 8-month-old seizures.
"He's definitely not the same baby he used to be, I love him more and more every day, but I still mourn the loss of who he was and who he would be "Ferguson said
Although difficult, Ferguson said she wanted to share Colton's story so other parents would not have to endure the same heartache.
"Never let your babies lie on a bed … no matter how sure you think they are and not listen to old women's stories of bumps on their heads. Get kids checked out, even if they look okay," she warned ,