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One mother's warning about SIDS

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Losing a child suddenly and with no explanation is a parent's worst nightmare. The Centers for Disease Control says about 4,000 infants die suddenly of no immediate cause and about half are attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

October is SIDS Awareness month and one Salisbury mother shared her story with WBTV about her baby girl, Emily Mae.

Looking at pictures of Emily Mae makes you smile.

"She would eat it for the first time.  Her face would just light up.  It was the most wonderful thing," said Lisa Martin.

Milestones like eating solid foods were well documented.

"Too bad we didn't have cell phones back then to record cause I probably would have had a whole cell phone full," said Martin.

Lisa Martin is Emily Mae's mom. All she has left of her daughter are memories, fingerprints and pictures.

"She passed July 17, 2001.  I have a picture of her the 15th of her standing up on the table," said Martin, "She was cutting teeth and she was a perfectly healthy baby."  

Emily Mae would be 13 now and her mom says she still has nightmares about the night she died.

"Sometimes when you stir you, make a sigh or something and she just wasn't stirring," said Martin. 

Emily Mae went to bed with her mom rubbing her back and never woke up. 

"I tried to do CPR, and she was still warm," said Martin with tears in her eyes.  

Emily Mae was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police investigated Lisa Martin's home. And the medical examiner came to the conclusion what happened in her baby's death.

 "As much as I didn't want to do it, I read the whole entire autopsy report," said Martin, "Right on the front page, SIDS." 

WEB EXTRA: http://www.cdc.gov/sids/

SIDS isn't something that can be spotted by a doctor ahead of time but they can tell you how to lower your risk. 

"Education of the American public is what can continue to keep us focused how to decrease those rates even more," said Dr. Erin Washburn, a pediatrician for Novant Health's Randolph Pediatrics.

In 1994, doctors started to telling parents to have their babies lay on their backs not their sides in the Back to Sleep campaign.

"It's back and that's the recommendation, back to sleep," said Washburn.

 Martin wears bracelets that are pink and blue, the SIDS colors. 

"You think your daughter, your own flesh and blood, that's never going to happen to you," said Martin, "Cherish every moment that you have with your child."

Martin wants all parents to do what they can because of SIDS Martin said she can't. 

SIDS can happen any time before the age of one. Emily Mae was just two days shy of her 10 month birthday.  The majority of SIDS case happen between two to four months.

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