PSYCHOLOGY

Australian Toddler Was Found Dead In His Cot At A Daycare Under Unexplained Circumstances

Date May 31, 2018

The neonatal period that covers the first month of a baby’s life is the most sensitive period of all. Mortality rates are generally higher when compared to older children. In 2016 alone, 2.6 million children died in the first month after the birth.

Thankfully, advances in medicine and science have resulted in a noticeable decline in childhood deaths. As at 2016, mortality rates dropped to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births, an almost 50% decline in rates from 1990, which stood at 93 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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Sadly, many children still die in countries well before they turn 1. Last Thursday, Lucas Wockner was found unresponsive in his cot at a daycare in Toowoomba, Queensland. Workers at the facility immediately alerted paramedics who speedily arrived at the scene.

They managed to resuscitate the baby who was airlifted to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. Sadly, little Lucas did not survive. He died a day after. The cause of his death is yet to be determined.

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Lucas’ mom, Kathy Wockner, started a GoFundMe page to show her gratitude to the brave paramedics who were able to revive her son at the daycare. For her, their gesture afforded her the opportunity to say goodbye to her "beautiful brave boy".

We still do not understand why he didn't wake from his sleep on Thursday morning but we are so thankful for the team who resuscitated him so that we could have our time to say goodbye. He passed surrounded by all the family, for which we are very thankful.

The page raised over $8,000 in less than two days with donations coming from just 100 people. So far, it has raised over $11,000, and donations continue to come in.

Mrs. Wockner says all donations from the fundraiser will go to Queensland Ambulance Service, Toowoomba Base Hospital, Life Flight, Lady Cilento ICU, and Ronald McDonald House.

It is sad that such a little child died, but he will be immortalized, as his family cherishes him by contributing to the lives of the paramedics and several other people who need medical assistance.

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