Tragedy of ‘happy, healthy’ baby, 2, who died in her sleep

The heartbroken mum of a baby girl who died in her sleep says she will ‘never recover’. Aaliyah Jayde Nolan, who was described as a ‘happy, healthy’ two-year-old, was found unresponsive by her mum at their home in Alsager on the morning of January 23 last year. Aaliyah’s mum Natalie […]

The heartbroken mum of a baby girl who died in her sleep says she will ‘never recover’.

Aaliyah Jayde Nolan, who was described as a ‘happy, healthy’ two-year-old, was found unresponsive by her mum at their home in Alsager on the morning of January 23 last year.

Aaliyah’s mum Natalie Morley went to check on her at 7.45am, and called 999. Paramedics arrived at 8.07am but the toddler was pronounced dead at 8.11am.

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An inquest at Warrington Coroners Court on Monday (September 6) heard that Aaliyah died from atypical Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), StokeonTrentLive reports.

In a statement, Ms Morley said: “Aaliyah was a happy, healthy baby. My whole world and life is completely shattered. I can’t put into words what I am going through. I will never recover from the loss of my beautiful daughter.”

Dr Michael Grosdenier, a consultant paediatrician at Leighton Hospital, said: “In the 24 hours leading up to her death she had been a little unwell, with a cold and running nose. She was given some paracetamol the evening before. But she was not breathing in the morning.”

His clinical assessment gave the cause of death as a ‘sudden unexpected death in infancy’.

Dr Daniel Hurrell, a consultant paediatric pathologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, carried out a post-mortem examination.

He said there was evidence of a viral infection in the respiratory tract and the lungs. But he gave the cause of death as unascertained as he was unable to give a definitive cause.

Dr Hurrell said: “I would agree that she died from natural causes. The virus was the likely cause of death. I would not disagree with that. It certainly played a part. SIDS or cot death is a natural cause of death. Atypical SIDS is something to consider.”

He added: “It is tragic. No-one could have suspected the child was going to die. I do not think anything could have been done from any perspective.”

The inquest heard Aaliyah had started nursery on Thursdays and Fridays from January 9, 2020. But she was not her normal self on January 17, 2020 and the nursery manager called Natalie who arrived within 20 minutes to take her home.

Cheshire assistant coroner Peter Sigee said: “I am satisfied that the cause of death was atypical Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Aaliyah Jayde died peacefully in her sleep from atypical Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.”

He added: “I am satisfied that the appropriate conclusion is that she died from natural causes.”

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