Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month

3/22/2017

WHEREAS, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of 12 months that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child’s medical history; and

WHEREAS, while less common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which occurs before the first birthday, SUDC is an important health concern that deserves increased public awareness and research; and

WHEREAS, at the present time, there is no way to prevent SUDC, as its cause is not known; and

WHEREAS, research has already helped identify risk factors, such as dangerous sleep positions, and we hope that future research will help prevent SUDC completely; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the dedicated efforts of organizations such as the SUDC Foundation, medical professionals, and volunteers who are working to better understand the causes of sudden unexplained death, improve the health of infants and children, and provide much needed hope and support for families grieving the heartbreaking sudden unexplained death of a child; and

WHEREAS, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month provides us with an opportunity to honor the memory of the young lives that ended too soon, show encouragement and support for the families and loved ones forever devastated by their loss, and increase public awareness of SUDC and the ongoing search for answers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2017 as SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN CHILDHOOD AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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