On August 23, 2007, tragedy struck when overwhelmed mom Brenda accidentally left her 2-year-old daughter, Cecilia, in the car on a hot summer day. When she realized her mistake, she raced back to the car to find Cecilia still strapped into her car seat. Brenda says she grabbed her daughter out of the car as fast as she could, but it was too late. "I knew she was gone as soon as I picked her up, I knew," she told Oprah in 2008.

A mother in Australia was watching Brenda's story on The Oprah Show, and she says it changed everything for her. "I just felt complete compassion for her because it was a wake-up call for me because I was going down that path," Tracey says. "I was trying to live the life I had before [my daughter] Grace [was born]. Completely putting her last and making her fit in my life rather than me fitting in with hers."

After hearing Brenda's story, Tracey decided to slow down and be more present in her life. One particular day, Tracey had just put her daughter down for a nap, when she heard her crying. She says she would have normally closed the door and ignored it, but because of Brenda's story, she decided to go in.

"There I saw her with the curtain cord, and she'd managed to tangle it around her neck and her body. Thank God I went in. She could have strangled herself. It could have choked her," she says. "Watching Brenda's story saved her life, absolutely."
FROM: Oprah's Most Memorable Guests: The Greatest Lessons on The Oprah Show
Published on May 13, 2011


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