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Parents of tragic baby thank emergency team
7:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
THE parents of a baby who died suddenly have thanked the paramedics who fought to save their son.
Rebecca and Craig Wall were left heartbroken when their nine-week-old son Theo died from sudden infant death syndrome last August.
But they said that there was nothing more the emergency services could have done and have praised their efforts.
"They were absolutely brilliant, just marvellous,” said Rebecca.
“They were here straight away, but sadly there was nothing they could do.”
She added: “We also want to thank our family and friends for being really supportive.”
An inquest last week heard that Theo was found unconscious by Rebecca.
She immediately called 999 and paramedics arrived at their home on Yazor Road, Hereford, within minutes.
But, despite their best efforts, Theo was declared dead shortly afterwards, after being taken to Hereford County Hospital.
Coroner Mark Bricknell said that Theo was well nourished and cared for and the only injuries found on his body were as a result of resuscitation attempts.
He said that Theo died from sudden infant death syndrome and recorded a natural death verdict.
Rebecca and Craig, who are both 27, are still coming to terms with their loss, but said that they have drawn strength through their other children – nine-yearold Kurt, Deon, aged seven, Kaci, five and Drew, three.
The pair also wanted to warn other parents going through such an unimaginable tragedy that help is available to cover funeral costs.
They were unaware of the social grants for people on low incomes and missed the deadline.
The Department for Work and Pensions states that funeral payments are only distributed to people who make a claim up to three months after a death.