Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc. (nonprofit, 501c3)
My sweet daughter was a healthy, fun-loving, caring, free-spirited, silly, beautiful 2 year old girl (2 months shy of 3 years old). She had a perpetual smile to share, infectious laughter, and was a ray of sunshine to everyone who met her. She loved to pretend to read, sing, explore various fashion choices, help her friends at school, and play with her family.
On November 12th, 2017, the unimaginable happened. My husband and I tragically lost Vienna, suddenly and unexpectedly. We were on our way home from a wedding when we received the frantic phone call at 7.02pm from our babysitter that Vienna wasn't breathing and paramedics were on their way. She was found unresponsive within 10 minutes of falling asleep on our family room carpet, with our older daughter, our older son, and our babysitter within 10 feet of Vienna. After a thorough investigation, including an autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of our child’s and family’s medical history, her death was categorized as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). This affects kids 1-18 years old. Genetic studies were "normal". There are causes to these mysterious deaths, however we just do not know what they are yet.
We had never heard of this, nor had any of our friends and family. We soon learned that these tragedies can happen to anyone, without warning. Devastatingly, we learned about SUDC the most difficult way possible; when it happened to us.