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Losing Child to SIDS a "Life Sentence" Bluffton Mother Says

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Each year about 2,500 babies a year old or younger die as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Also known as "SIDS" -- it's a death that cannot be explained.  One Bluffton mother is grieving the loss of her child who she says suddenly stopped breathing.


Babies have a way of letting you know when something's not right.  That's why Heather Nicole Price will never come to grips with what happened that January morning when her fiancé frantically woke her up.


"He woke up regularly and just looked at her and realized she wasn't breathing," Price said.


At just six-weeks-old, Vivienne Rose Nicole Vacha died suddenly, with no signs anything was wrong.  Her mother, a former paramedic, had fears of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome before giving birth and says she did everything the books say to reduce the risks.


"She always was ‘back to sleep.’ We used a pacifier. I breast fed. We didn't overdress her. I had a fan on in the room. I was aware of everything to do. Nobody smoked around her. We did everything to reduce," Price said.


Doctor Timothy Keane of Sea Island Pediatrics says it is possible for a baby to die suddenly and unexplainably, even when a parent has obeyed all the guidelines of reducing SIDS.


"Unfortunately, yes,” Keane said.  “There's no way to entirely prevent SIDS and it seems to be somewhat random. But we can really reduce the risk of this happening to your child if you follow the rules," he added.


Doctor Keane tells parents to take out any stuffed animals, pillows and bumper pads in the baby's crib to prevent suffocation.  Also, he strongly discourages putting the baby in the bed with you.

Rules Heather says she followed-trying to prevent this constant nightmare.


"It's a life sentence," Price said.


As a way to memorialize and honor Vivienne, Heather has created a Facebook page to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and post the experience to the page.  You can click here to take part:




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