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e-1558 (National day)

Initiated by Philippe Panneton from Greenfield Park, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child 12 months and older 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 category of death that currently eludes our scientific understanding today;
  • There is no known way to reduce or prevent SUDC;
  • At this time, SUDC is both unpredictable and unpreventable;
  • At this time, very few groups in Canada are researching the subject;
  • Families, friends, peers, and communities are devastated each time a child is lost without cause or explanation; and
  • Raising the awareness of both practicing professionals and the public through a national SUDC Awareness Day would inspire researcher interest, raise public awareness, encourage SUDC research funding and, in turn, potentially yield results which could lead to a significant decrease in the needless death of children.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to declare April 26 as National SUDC Awareness Day across Canada.
Government response tabled on November 27, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-131-07)
Open for signature
March 19, 2018, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 17, 2018, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Sherry Romanado (Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne)
October 15, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02728)
Government response tabled
November 27, 2018
Photo - Sherry Romanado
Liberal Caucus
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