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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Awful

How horrible it must be to put your 5 month old baby boy to sleep and then check on him an hour later, to find him lying quiet, cold and still.

How horrible it must be to call the ambulance whilst cradling a silent, pale baby in your arms and then wait a few minutes - an eternity - for them to arrive.

How horrible it must be to watch 5 doctors and 6 nurses descend upon you in the hospital, snatch your child away, and then try to force life back into his tiny little body.

How horrible it must be to stand in the corridor, waiting, waiting while people hurry past you and avoid your gaze, knowing deep in your heart that your baby is already gone.

How horrible it must be to return home to a quiet house and have to face the nursery with an empty cot, now a crime scene swarming with police.

How horrible.

8 Comments:

Blogger ketsugi said...

At first I thought you were talking about a SIDS case, but... crime scene? Police? Huh.

12:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no.. what happened to that baby ? :(

KB

9:30 am  
Blogger lec said...

all cot deaths are now closely scrutinised but i think the police are trained to be sensitive and diplomatic whilst remaining professional at all times.

5:27 pm  
Blogger Lysithea said...

That's so sad and horrible. :( Was the baby lying on his tummy?

Now it makes me more paranoid leaving my baby alone!

10:40 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

ketsugi: Yes, it was probably SIDS, but as lec pointed it, all SIDS cases are investigated.

KB: Unfortunately, he died. I think he was already dead before he arrived at hospital, but we still had to try.

lec: Even so, it's still tough on the mother.

lysithea: No, he was sleeping on his back. :( That's why we say that if a child manages to live to 1 year old, it's actually a big deal.

12:49 am  
Blogger trisha said...

Oh my. I remembered this was my #1 fear when my girl was young. And that's why I kept waking up every 30 mins to check on her, all through the night, for months.

I hope the mother is coping well.

10:21 am  
Blogger Lysithea said...

I thought cot death is usually caused by lying baby on the tummy. If lying on the back may also result in SIDS, then how can a baby be safe sleeping? What is the safest thing to do then?

4:56 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

trisha: I hope she is too. But I don't think anyone really ever gets over the death of a child.

lysithea: Lying "back to sleep" has generally reduced the incidence of SIDS, but it hasn't stopped it from happening. There is nothing you can do to stop SIDS, unfortunately. It's still the commonest cause of infant mortality in the UK.

11:31 pm  

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