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Friday, 7 July, 2000, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Baby 'sofa death' warning
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The inquest heard the mother was unaware of the risks
An inquest has heard how a two-week-old baby girl died after sleeping on a sofa with her mother.

A doctor told the inquest in Cardiff how parents took a big risk by cuddling up to sleep with their babies on sofas.

Brooklyn Jones was found face down on the leather sofa by her mother Lisa, 18.



I didn't know about the risks of sofas

Lisa Jones, baby's mother

A doctor told how sudden infant death syndrome - often known as cot death - is 50 times more likely sleeping with a parent on a sofa than alone in a cot.

Dr Edward Lazda, consultant paediatric pathologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, said: "New research has shown that it is 50 times more risky than sleeping alone in a cot.

"It is not clear why that should be, but overheating is one possibility."

Dr Lazda said Brooklyn had bleeding into his lungs. But he was unable to give a cause of death.

The inquest heard Lisa fed prematurely-born Brooklyn at 0200 BST and put him on his back on the sofa before they both went back to sleep.



I hope other partents will learn from this and be aware of the risk

Dr Lawrence Addicott, Cardiff coroner
Ms Jones, of Ely, Cardiff, woke almost six hours later to find Brooklyn face down and not breathing.

Cardiff Coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott said: "There are a number of unknown factors in sudden baby deaths.

"But research shows there is a much higher risk for babies who sleep on sofas."

Ms Jones said after the hearing: "Brooklyn always slept with me - I didn't know about the risks of sofas.

"I hope other partents will learn from this and be aware of the risk."

Dr Addicott recorded an open verdict.

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