Herald Sun

BABY STEPS TO SOLVE SIDS RID­DLE

- BRIGID O’CON­NELL

A GRASS­ROOTS cam­paign by griev­ing par­ents is pro­pel­ling world-lead­ing re­search on find­ing the cause of and cure for sud­den in­fant death syn­drome, which still claims an av­er­age of 120 Aus­tralian ba­bies a year.

Gee­long cou­ple Alex Hamil­ton and Karl Waddell, who lost their four-month-old son, River, in 2012, have raised $330,000 to set up Aus­tralia’s first lab­o­ra­tory ded­i­cated to SIDS re­search, at the Florey In­sti­tute of Neu­ro­science and Men­tal Health. And now, as River’s Gift pre­pares to send its sec­ond PhD stu­dent to the US to train at Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal for six months, they are unit­ing with other Aus­tralian fam­i­lies to fund more re­search.

Bris­bane cou­ple Kate and Peter Wright, who lost five-month-old daugh­ter, Bella, 18 months ago, are the first fam­ily to join the River’s Gift Unite SOS cam­paign.

They raised more than $7000 from a bare­foot bowl­ing event this month, which will go to the lab­o­ra­tory.

 ?? Pic­ture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI ?? Alex Hamil­ton and Karl Waddell, and son Bodhi, with Peter and Kate Wright, who also lost a child to SIDS.
Pic­ture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI Alex Hamil­ton and Karl Waddell, and son Bodhi, with Peter and Kate Wright, who also lost a child to SIDS.

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