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.
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