While she was holding vigil by her son over the weekend, someone ransacked her house in Marysville.
Eight-year-old Sam's seizures had worsened in the past week. The boy, who lives with a pacemaker, is a hospital regular, but his single mom says this was her most frightening visit.
"My son is weak already, so to get pneumonia and flu on top of it,, we weren't sure we were taking him home," said Tamsin Gunter. "Every ounce of fight he had in him was going to breathing."
While Sam fought for his life with Mom at his side, someone broke into their home.
"I just heard (the) doctor say, 'We're not out of the woods yet,' then my son tells me someone came in and stole a bunch of our stuff,'" said Gunter, whose 12-year-old son discovered the break-in on Sunday.
"Things were everywhere," said Austin Gunter. "Cabinets were knocked down, and drawers were pulled out."
On Monday, Sam was well enough to head home where Austin took his mother along the burglar's trail.
"Oh, they took all of it," said Tamsin.
Gone are clothes, a TV and heirlooms. Missing are irreplaceable pieces she'd planned to pass on to her children.
"They're all gone. My jewelry boxes are actually gone," said Tamsin. "The ones with great-grandma's pearl necklace, my wedding jewelry -- it's all gone."
Also taken was Austin's PlayStation 3, a link to the boys' late father.
"He purchased that after his dad died, because they used to play games together like that," said Tamsin.
For once, Tamsin is grateful her child was in the hospital and not home when thieves broke in.
"It's just stuff," she said. "My son's home, and I've got good kids."
And she now has two baseball bats by the door.