Baby Alex: The Definitive Account—in His Mother’s Own Words
EXCLUSIVE: Cornelia Sets the Record Straight on Timeline, Sequence of Events, & Other Details Surrounding Baby Alex’s Tragic Demise
Many of you already know Baby Alex’s heartrending story. Unfortunately, what you know is likely inaccurate. I reached out to Cornelia Hertzler, Baby Alex’s mother, to request clarification regarding the conflicting details I found floating around online, and she was gracious enough to recount exactly what occurred. Cornelia appreciated the opportunity to set the record straight. Please help us get the true story of Baby Alex out to the world.
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On February 17, 2022, forty-five-day-old Baby Alex died of a clot so long it extended from his left knee to his heart.
That was twenty-four days after staff at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington, had administered a transfusion using blood very likelyfrom a vaccinated donor—explicitly against the parents’ wishes.
Baby Alex had been born with a throat condition known as tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), which is often accompanied by cardiac defects. In his case, this took the form of double-outlet right ventricle (DORV)—a “95% survivable congenital heart defect.”
Alexander’s parents, Ron Bly and Cornelia Hertzler, were clear about their wishes to use unvaccinated directed donor blood, but the donation was not available by January 24, the date of his tracheoesophageal fistula surgery.
To Ron and Cornelia’s relief, Baby Alex didn’t end up requiring a transfusion during his surgery.
Several hours later, however, the doctor decided to administer a transfusion from the COVID injection–tainted blood pool instead of waiting until the directed donor blood had made it through the bureaucratic hoops.
Ron shared this gut-wrenching discovery in VSRF Episode #59:
“It was just the doctor’s discretion.… [She] decided that his hemoglobin levels were slightly low and they were going to give him vaccinated blood instead of waiting a few more days for the blood we had donated to be fully processed and available.” (@ 21:07)
The clot—which was impervious to blood thinners typically successful at combating normal blood clots—developed within hours of the transfusion. It appeared where the PICC line for the transfusion had been inserted in his knee.
“They told us blood clots in babies are very rare, but blood thinners will just fix it. But that did not happen. The clot just continued to grow, and they had him on the highest amount of blood thinners they could legally give him, and it did nothing.”
Tragically, the procedure intended to save his life wound up taking it—not from the straightforward operation itself but from the massive clot that developed after his transfusion.
Below is the definitive account in Cornelia’s own words:
“Ron and I went back into our messages and figured out that the TEF operation happened on January 24, so that is the day he would have received the blood transfusion.
“The night before the operation is when we finally obtained the proper documentation to request directed donor blood. At this point, no blood had been donated. We had people who were ready to donate, but we hadn’t received the paperwork that we needed to fill out until the day before they decided to operate on his throat. We had asked for it a week prior and were informed by the hospital staff that it was ‘very expensive,’ and the implication was that people like us would not be able to afford to get directed donor blood. We insisted we wanted the paperwork to file anyway, but it wasn’t until I asked a different doctor that I was able to get the form.
The next day, he had his tracheoesophageal fistula operation, which was uneventful. No blood transfusion had been needed.
A few hours after the operation, Dr. Beadle gave him a blood transfusion anyway, which had not been authorized by us. The next day, they discovered a blood clot.
We did obtain directed donor blood a few days later. The process was inexpensive. As Alexander continued to weaken, he needed more and more blood transfusions. They did give him the directed donor blood as required.
A few days before he died, they claimed they could not find the directed donor blood and were going to give him another transfusion straight from the blood bank. This is the situation Ron was referring to. We insisted they find the blood, and it magically appeared after we made a fuss.
This is an accurate account of what happened. There are definitely a lot of different narratives running around online, which makes it very confusing. I wish more people would check the facts before publishing. :)
He only had one operation, the one on his throat. They were never able to move forward with any heart surgeries due to the blood clot.
He was definitely a fighter. He continued to breathe for four hours after we pulled life support. The hospital team had said he would die in five minutes. But he was determined and kept fighting for every single breath.
He was definitely a fighter. He continued to breathe for four hours after we pulled life support.
He was very strong. It would take more than one nurse to hold him down when they had to poke him to withdraw blood for testing, which they did every single day. He would kick and move his arms with surprising strength.
Cornelia describes how she became engaged in the medical freedom movement:
In September, I made a post in Died Suddenly News (before it was shut down by Facebook) about Alex, the blood transfusion, the blood clot, and his death. My intent was to alert those in the group who were not certain about the safety of the blood banks that, by my experience, they definitely had been jeopardized. At first, my story was so shocking, some were inclined to believe I had made it up or that the two pictures of Alexander were two different babies. Eventually, a few journalists verified my story, and it reached a larger audience outside of the group.
Months later, when the Baby Will case was happening in New Zealand, the mother of Baby Will asked Liz Gunn to reach out and find me as she was hopeful my story could help change the outcome of the case. Although up to this point, I had not been extremely public with my story except by answering a few journalists’ questions, I was very motivated to get involved in the fight for the right and freedom to choose untainted blood.
During the Baby Will case in New Zealand, I contacted Sacred Heart’s Records Department to obtain Alexander’s medical records. After trying to locate those using every name he could have possibly been listed under, she told me she was unable to find any record of him having been in that hospital.
Due to a lack of records and the need to rely on memory alone, the timeframe between Alexander’s transfusion and death that we discussed in previous interviews was always vague. We established the exact day he received blood by pulling up previous messages to friends and checking the date only recently. Please keep this in mind when reading alternative narratives.
On a separate note, there has been a lot of confusion around Alexander’s legal fund that we were advised to set up as we pursue legal action. An old GoFundMe from the beginning of this year that had been set up when Alex was still in the hospital was posted on Twitter without our permission when our story went viral. As you can imagine, after a huge influx of donations, GoFundMe promptly shut it down and is not releasing the money. Our GiveSendGo link is the correct link for donors, and any other links should be disregarded.
I am totally fine with your using Alex’s story and name. The time for silence is passed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
The time for silence is passed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
This is not the first time in history that the national blood supply has been contaminated. In 1996, my uncle died of AIDS after receiving HIV through a blood transfusion.
Safe blood should never have to be sought and demanded—it should be a natural human right. I wish for a world where my children can have full control over everything that enters their bodies, especially blood. As we know, life is in the blood, and contaminated blood is the enemy of life.
Safe blood should never have to be sought and demanded—it should be a natural human right.
Baby Alex was a casualty of hubris, of contemptuous disregard for Ron and Cornelia’s wishes, and of the lethal willful blindness that has become the defining characteristic of today’s pharmaceutical-medical complex.
If you feel as anguished and enraged about this tragedy as I do, then stay tuned because my next article addresses concrete actions we can take together to help spare others from the same grievous fate as Baby Alex—including an astonishingly simple idea that has the potential to deal the coup de grâce to the worldwide injection pogrom.
We shall—we must—overcome. The very future of humanity depends on it.
© Margaret Anna Alice, LLC
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Addendum (12/28/22): At the time of this writing, 83 percent of Washington State residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Because the Red Cross does not currently distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated donors, the injection status of the donor for Baby Alex’s first blood transfusion cannot be ascertained with absolute certainty, but there is an extremely high likelihood he was given vaccinated blood, particularly given the extraordinary nature (length and resistance to blood thinners as well as its occurrence in an infant) of the resulting clot. See this thoughtful commentary from Dr. Syed Haider for more details: