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Mum’s heartbreak after finding ‘healthy’ toddler dead in his bed

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A mum has told of her heartbreak after she put her “perfectly fine and happy” toddler to bed and found him dead the next morning.

Kayleigh Leonard, 24, went into her two-year-old son Arlo’s bedroom to find she could not wake the unresponsive toddler.

Grief-stricken Kayleigh said no pain “will ever come close” to that moment on the morning of August 6 and she doesn’t know how she will carry on without him, she told the Liverpool Echo.

Kayleigh, from Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, said in a tribute to her son: “If I could be with you now I would and I don’t know how I’m going to carry on without you.”



An inquest into Arlo’s death has not yet taken place

 

She also said: “No pain will ever come close to the pain of losing you my Arlo, you are my absolute world and I love you more than life baby boy.

“No parent should ever put their baby to bed and them not wake up.

“Mummy and daddy are heartbroken and lost for words.

“Forever my baby, my angel Arlo forever.”



Kayleigh says she doesn’t know how she will carry on without her son

 

An inquest into Arlo’s death has not yet taken place.

Kayleigh described him as the “most special loving little angel in the world”.

She said: “You taught me what true love was baby boy and I’m so lucky to have loved you and lost you, than never loved you at all.

“I will love you forever.

“I would do anything to have another day with you. The most special loving little angel in the world, love you more than you’ll ever know my gorgeous boy.”

His family has asked mourners to wear something blue at his funeral and to donate to Alder Hey bereavement centre in Liverpool.



Arlo’s parents have launched a campaign to support Alder Hey bereavement centre

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Kayleigh said in her tribute: She added: “My heart is broken.

“You have touched so many peoples hearts Arlo, everybody you met loved you, you special boy.

“I will think about you every minute, of every day and there will always be a huge part of me missing.

“I sit and watch videos and look at your pictures all day, the love I have for you will carry me through and you will never, ever be forgotten.

“You have given me the best two and a half years of my life and I will always be grateful, you have shown me what love is.

“The most amazing happy lovable boy in the world.”

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Kayleigh and her partner Sean have set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for Alder Hey children’s bereavement centre and the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation.

The page has already surpassed its £1,000 target with more than 60 donations from well wishers in just four hours.

The mum wrote on the JustGiving page: “On the 06.08.19 at 8:30am I went into my two-year-old’s bedroom to check on him, to then find he had sadly passed away.

“He went to bed perfectly fine and happy, he was not sick and did not have any health problems.

“No parent should ever go through the pain of losing a child.

“Alder Hey bereavement center is a charity run organisation and have been amazing, we would not have gotten through it without them.

“Arlo was the happiest, most loving little boy and any donations in his memory will be split between the bereavement centre and SUDC (sudden unexpected death in children).”

What is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC)?

SUDC is a category of death in children between the ages of one and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including a post mortem, according to the SUDC Foundation.

It appears to be most prevalent in toddlers and children in their late teens, based on recent statistics.

The SUDC Foundation says: “Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up.

“At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it.

“A medical examiner or coroner could rule a child’s death SUDC when she or he completes a thorough evaluation and finds no other cause of death.”

SUDC is rare and it is estimated that it is involved in one in every 100,000 deaths, according to SUDC UK.

It said: “Based on 2016 statistics provided by ONS for England and Wales 42 children aged one to 18 years were affected by SUDC.​”

Of those, 25 of the children were aged one to four, four were aged five to nine, and 13 were aged over 15.

Research and awareness of SUDC remains limited.

An analysis of cases in the US, where at least 393 children died of SUDC in 2015, found that nearly all were thought to be sleeping before becoming unresponsive, the US National Organization for Rare Disorders said.

It said: “Most were born as full term singletons and their development was considered normal.

“Children were in their state of usual good health prior to death, or had mild symptoms of illness such as cold symptoms or fever.

“Some children with SUDC had a history of febrile seizures, or a family history of febrile seizures.”

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