A Bay area soldier stationed in California is grieving the loss of his 4-month-old son, Zaiden.
According to family members, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is to blame.
Kayla Perez told ABC Action News she put Zaiden to bed Saturday night.
“I went to go wake Zaiden up. He slept in later than usual but I didn't think anything of it because he did it a few times," said Kayla. "When I opened the door he didn't pop his little head up. So, I started calling his name as I walked towards him. He didn't move. I pulled the blanket off his back and he was white. He was so cold.
I ran down stairs to call my husband. I then called 911."
According to Kayla, she pulled Zaiden out of his crib tried performing CPR but Zaiden was unresponsive.
"I knew it was too late but I had to try. I tried to breathe in his mouth. He was purple. He was stiff. He was stuck in a sleeping position. Ankles crossed. His hands in fists on either side of his head," she explained
Kayla says Zaiden was not lying face down but had his head tilted.
Kayla told ABC Action News during the time she was performing CPR, vomit was coming out of Zaiden's mouth.
"We prayed for this boy. God needed him more I guess." she said.
Kayla and her husband, Giovanni, are natives of Pasco County.
The family is currently stationed in California. Giovanni serves in the U.S. Marines.
They have two other children.
Funeral arrangements are pending but the family is trying to bury Zaiden in New Port Richey.
They've created a GoFundMe page to help them cover the costs of travel and burial expenses.
To donate, click here.
SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS): WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3,500 U.S. infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year.
Although the causes of death in many of these children can’t be explained, most occur while the infant is sleeping in an unsafe sleeping environment.
Researchers can’t be sure how often these deaths happen because of accidental suffocation from soft bedding or overlay (another person rolling on top of or against the infant while sleeping). Often, no one sees these deaths, and there are no tests to tell sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) apart from suffocation, the CDC reports.
A thorough case investigation includes:
- An examination of the death scene.
- An autopsy (medical examination of the body after death).
- A review of the infant’s medical history.
Most SUIDs are reported as one of three types of infant deaths.
Per the CDC website: