Baby falls off bed twice, found dead next day


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SINGAPORE - She was in the toilet in the morning at about 7 when she heard a loud thud.

Madam Tina Rudaie rushed out and saw that her one-year-old baby boy had fallen off the bed and hit the back of his head on the floor.

She didn't think much, especially since he didn't cry and even smiled at her. She also checked his head and didn't see any injury.

About three hours later, the toddler again fell from his bed, this time he suffered a bruise on his forehead.

But again the housewife didn't think much of it.

Throughout the day, her son appeared normal, she said. He ate, slept and played.

But when Madam Tina, 39, woke up the next morning, to her shock, her son, Muhammad Zaffullah Lim,was dead.

"I woke up about 6am and found him breathless and motionless.

"I called out to him to wake him up and there was no answer nor any response. He was also not breathing.

"His eyes were half open and only the whites were showing. His hands were also bluish in colour and he was cold. I was so shocked to see that," she told The New Paper.

She said she found him lying next to her face up and with both his palms open beside his face.

She quickly asked her oldest daughter, 16, to call her husband,who was at work then.

They also called for an ambulance, which rushed the toddler to KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Paramedics tried to revive him, but didn't succeed, she said.

Her husband, Mr Lim Phan Jang, 31, an offshore rigger, rushed to the hospital.

The Malaysian, who had not been home since Sunday, told TNP: "I didn't even get to see him one last time. I only saw him at the hospital.

"His grandparents in Kuching, Sarawak, have not even seen him since he was born."

The father spoke fondly of his son, whom they called Didi. The family had just celebrated the boy's first birthday on Saturday.

He said that Didi laughed a lot, loved to pat him on his back and perform cute antics.

"Now I can't see these any more," he said, breaking down.

He said: "Last night (Wednesday night), I even dreamt of him tapping me to wake me up and smiling at me.

"It felt so real. When I woke up, I realised that he is already gone."

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Skin

why do I immediately suspect foul play.

:cry:

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+jnelsoninjax
Subdural hematoma (bleeding of the brain) most likely is the cause of this poor child's death, regardless of whether or not she saw any visible signs of trauma she should of taken him to the Hospital and had him checked out.
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Buttus

why do I immediately suspect foul play.

:cry:

+1000

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Growled

Subdural hematoma (bleeding of the brain) most likely is the cause of this poor child's death, regardless of whether or not she saw any visible signs of trauma she should of taken him to the Hospital and had him checked out.

Yes, she sure should have.

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Hum

I guess they don't use guardrail cribs there ....

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Charisma

That's sad. On one hand you have parents who freak the heck out about every little bump and scrape, and we call them paranoid helicopter parents... This woman monitored him, said he acted normal, ate, had naps, etc... Sure, I'd maybe think about taking him in after the second fall in one day, but this really just seems like more of a tragedy than anything else. :(

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remixedcat

I would have taken the kid to the ER the first fall like that specially how loud the thud was.

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Geoffrey B.

Just reading this gave me shivers (i have a 7 month old)

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Hum

I would have taken the kid to the ER the first fall like that specially how loud the thud was.

^ Me too -- I'm no expert parent, but I'd freak out. :|

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remixedcat

^ Me too -- I'm no expert parent, but I'd freak out. :|

same here...

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moloko

Subdural hematoma (bleeding of the brain) most likely is the cause of this poor child's death, regardless of whether or not she saw any visible signs of trauma she should of taken him to the Hospital and had him checked out.

yeah and learned after the first time not to leave a baby on the bed where he can fall off. This is poor parenting after the first time. I know it difficult to watch children every second... i have 2. but you do your best to keep them safe while your eyes are averted.

I do feel for the family. It is a shame to loose such a small treasure.

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Toysoldier

why do I immediately suspect foul play.

:cry:

Sadly I wouldn't have, I have a 17 mounth old and hes becomming very rough ie climbing onto the couch and trying to bomb the cat like death from above.

Something like this would be very easy to overlook, I guess you have to have been there.

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Sadly I wouldn't have, I have a 17 mounth old and hes becomming very rough ie climbing onto the couch and trying to bomb the cat like death from above.

Something like this would be very easy to overlook, I guess you have to have been there.

Where as I agree with you in part (easy to overlook) after the second time I would have been a bit more concerned... my daughter was a rough and tumble gal when she was young, so bumps, bruises,etc were common, hitting the head, not so...

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That's sad. On one hand you have parents who freak the heck out about every little bump and scrape, and we call them paranoid helicopter parents... This woman monitored him, said he acted normal, ate, had naps, etc... Sure, I'd maybe think about taking him in after the second fall in one day, but this really just seems like more of a tragedy than anything else. :(

Well it is better be sorry and have them checked out than be in this woman's situation where she didn't do anything and brushed it off as a minor injury. Even a small bruise on a baby can mean death. Babies are easily injuried than adults. Any cut, scrape, bruise on a baby should be taken care of as soon as possible.

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