Bill would aid research of sudden, unexpected child deaths

Proposed law would help researchers to track, probe unexpected loss of life

The Buffalo News

Christine Scott spent Monday afternoon talking about living amid desperation and trusting in tomorrow.

“I’m all about hope,” said Scott, whose stillborn son, Wesley, was born in May 2000 at Women & Children’s Hospital.

For Scott, hope took a leap forward when she and other bereaved parents stood with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer at the same hospital to announce the push for a bill that would help researchers better track and probe the causes of sudden and unexpected death in infants and young children.

Schumer pointed to recent annual data indicating that New York State recorded 46 sudden infant deaths, 61 child deaths of unspecified cause and 17 deaths due to accidental suffocation in bed. Nationally, 25,000 infants are stillborn, and 200 children between 1 and 4 years old die with no clear cause.

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