Resolution K857-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 28, 2014, as SIDS/SUDC Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • Feb 26, 2014: adopted
  • Feb 25, 2014: referred to calendar

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim February 28, 2014, as SIDS/SUDC Awareness Day in the  State  of
New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days  that are set aside to increase awareness of serious illnesses that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  February  28, 2014, as
SIDS/SUDC Awareness Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is defined as the  sudden
death  of  an  infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained
after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autop-
sy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical  history;
it  is  the  leading cause of death among infants aged one to 12 months,
and is the third leading cause overall of infant mortality in the United
States; and
  WHEREAS, SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood)  is  the  sudden
and  unexpected  death  of  a child over the age of twelve months, which
remains unexplained after a thorough case  investigation  is  conducted;
similar  to SIDS, SUDC is a diagnosis of exclusion, given when all known
and possible causes of death have been ruled out; and
  WHEREAS, By definition, SIDS applies only to the death of babies youn-
ger than 12 months, while SUDC victims are  past  their  first  birthday
whose  deaths go unexplained even after an autopsy, a death scene inves-
tigation and medical history review; and
  WHEREAS, SUDC is not new, but is rare with a reported incidence of 1.2
deaths per 100,000 children, compared to  54  deaths  per  100,000  live
births  for  SIDS  (United  States,  2005);  presently,  SUDC  cannot be
predicted and/or prevented since its cause is  unknown,  and  most  SUDC
deaths  occur  between  the  ages of one and three, but researchers have
looked at cases of children as old as 15; and
  WHEREAS, Such was the case for young Ethan Gregory Spina, a  perfectly
healthy  boy who, at two years and four months of age, with only a cold,
went to bed on the night of February 27, 2013, and passed  away  on  the
morning of February 28th when he succumbed to SUDC; and
  WHEREAS,  The parents of Ethan Gregory Spina along with other families
from different parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties  are  struggling  to
cope with this difficult situation as they have similar stories; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious health crisis, and more must be done to  increase  activity
at the State, local and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 28,  2014,  as
SIDS/SUDC Awareness Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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