Sunday, April 11, 2010


The Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Program (SUDC) was created in September 2001 within the CJ Foundation for SIDS. It is tasked with providing a centralized resource for information, support and advocacy. It serves families and professionals affected by the tragedy of SUDC, and promotes awareness of SUDC in communities.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is… the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of twelve months, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. This must include: examination of the death scene, performance of a complete autopsy, and a review of the child and family’s medical history. SUDC is a diagnosis of exclusion - given when all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out.

SUDC was determined to be our Kara's cause of death. Before Kara died, we had never heard of SUDC. We knew about SIDS, and breathed a 'sigh of relief' when Kara's first birthday passed, and she was thriving.  Little did we know that we would only have about 1 1/2 years left to enjoy our amazing, sweet, little girl. 

1 comment:

Holly said...

It's so scary that something like this can happen to an older child too, esp when you think you're out of the woods. I'm so sorry!