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SPECIAL REPORT: Learn more about asthma with a new app

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Nine people die from asthma attacks every day in our country, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Now there is a free app to help people battle the condition.

The app is called AsthmaSense Cloud and can be downloaded here.

Trojanella Wolfe is using the app to learn more about asthma because her 20-month-old nephew, Darius Stinson, died of an asthma attack in October.

"This is the worst thing my family has ever had to do, burying a baby you don't think that that's supposed to happen," Wolfe said. 

Stinson died while his mother was giving him a treatment.

"She was giving him his breathing treatments that day and within 5 minutes, he was, it looked like he was asleep, but he was sitting up in a highchair," Wolfe explained.

Stinson's brother spotted the toddler, and instantly knew something was wrong.

"While he was sitting in a high chair he said mommy it doesn't look like Darius is breathing," commented Wolfe. "So she went to him and he wasn't responsive and she ran into the back to get my brother, her husband and they started doing CPR and they dialed 911."

The CPR wasn't enough to save his life, and Stinson died a couple of days later at an Atlanta hospital.

"I never thought anything like this would have ever happened," Wolfe said. "Darius was a sweet baby he's going to be missed by the entire family he came in struggling. He was born premature but he came in strong. He didn't have to be fed intravenously or anything. He came in eating."

That fighting spirit combined with a loving smile is how Stinson's family remembers him and Wolfe wants others to know that asthma is nothing to take lightly.

"I don't think people should be insensitive," Wolfe said. "This is serious. We lost a baby. He was 20 months old. This is very serious and I think everyone should have some kind of education on it."

Dr. Robert Chrzanowski agrees and says understanding the condition is the first step.

He says asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lung that makes it hard to breathe. It's easy to get the air in but once you have the air in, it's hard to get the air out.

"You feel the chest tightens, the wheezing comes from trying to get the air through the obstruction," said Dr. Chrzanowski. "You feel short of breathe and also you may cough."

The condition can be controlled and a new app called Asthma Sense is making that easier than ever.

"If it helps to educate a patient to help them monitor the disease to help them use the medicine more regularly then I'm all for it," said Dr. Chrzanowski.

There is a place on the app to help keep track of triggers.

"There are multiple triggers for asthma," said Dr. Chrzanowski. "Some of the them are exercise, cold air, allergens, tobacco smoke, air pollution and even anxiety and stress so sometimes people with anxiety and stress issues have an asthma attack."

Certain smells can spark one as well.

"Even in our office we require people not to wear perfume when they come and visit us because of people with asthma who can be affected," said Dr. Chrzanowski.

The app is full of alerts, reminders and tells a person when to take their medicine, which can be helpful for parents whose children have the condition.

Wolfe said she is experimenting with the app too and said it's a way to protect the people she loves.

"You look at your little brother or sister your niece your nephew your grand baby and if you want to protect them you do whatever it takes," Wolfe said. "Take them to the doctor get as much education about asthma or anything."

The family is relying on faith to get through this tough time.

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