Sunday, 19 June 2011

SIDS: England (Berkshire):

 9th Jun 11::  Amanda Hall

Grieving parents pay tribute after inquest into death of 11-week-old Angel

Grieving parents from Slough have paid tribute to their 11-week-old daughter following today's inquest into her death.
Carrie-Ann Hanks and Mark Willoughby described their daughter Angel, who died suddenly in February, as an outgoing and happy baby who was always laughing.
The couple had returned from a trip visiting Carrie-Ann's parents in Eastbourne on February 11 when Angel passed away.
The inquest held in Windsor was told that Angel had been watching CBeebies on her pink bean bag before Carrie-Ann rocked her to sleep and put her on their bed covered in her favourite princess blanket.
"She fell asleep in my arms and then I placed her on her side on top of our bed. It was a comfort thing for her because she felt like she was still being cuddled," she added.
Carrie-Ann checked on her every 15 minutes but began screaming when she realised Angel was blue and lying on her front.
She performed CPR on her daughter before paramedics took her to Wexham Park Hospital where she passed away.
Pathologist Dr Stephen Gould said at the inquest it was difficult to determine the exact cause of death but he likened it to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - also known as cot death.
Deputy Coroner for Berkshire Ravi Sidhu paid tribute to the couple for being 'attentive and loving parents'.
He said: "It is difficult to conceive a more tragic death than the passing of a baby but I hope you can find some small comfort in that you were loving and caring parents."
He recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.
Carrie-Ann said: "We all love her so much and will never forget her. She'll always be in our hearts and in our thoughts."

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