Blackburn couple left heartbroken after second child dies from unknown causes (From Blackburn Citizen)
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Blackburn couple left heartbroken after second child dies from unknown causes
A COUPLE have been left heartbroken after their two young children died within eight months of each other.
Logan Patrick Monaghan would not respond when his mother Laura Gray went to wake him from his afternoon nap.
Paramedics tried to revive 21-month-old Logan but nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at hospital.
It is the second tragedy the Blackburn family have suffered, as Laura and her fiance Jordan Monaghan, 22, also lost their three-week-old daughter, Ruby Julie Monaghan on New Year’s Day.
The couple, who said they were ‘absolutely distraught’, are now undergoing genetic tests to establish whether an underlying health condition could have caused the deaths of both youngsters.
They have also vowed never to have any more children, as they could not bear the pain of losing another baby.
Laura, 20, said that she knew Logan had died as soon as she went into the room.
She said: “He went for his nap and just didn’t wake up.
“He woke up in the morning absolutely fine, and he was playing around. There was nothing wrong with him whatsoever.
“He went for his afternoon sleep as normal. I went in to wake him up and found him like that. I knew when I looked at him, I knew he’d passed away.
“The ambulance came and they tried their best to work on him, there were loads of them, they tried for quite a long time, but they said there was nothing else they could do.”
The post mortem investigation into Logan’s death has proved inconclusive, and the couple now face an agonising wait for an explanation as to why he died.
Laura said: “They’re checking our genes, we don’t know whether it could be genetic.
“But we’ve already said we won’t have any more children. We can’t take that risk.”
Jordan said: “They’ve taken biopsies but the results will take up to three months to come back.
“The post mortem was inconclusive with Ruby too, but tests came back after eight weeks and showed that she had pneumonia.
“It’s a waiting game, which is really hard, we just want answers now.”
The couple said their relatives had helped them through the tragedy, but that the whole family has been left shaken by Logan’s death on on Saturday, August 17.
Laura said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to all the family for all the support and help.
“We’re a close family. We’ve got great family support, they’re helping us to get through it.
“We’ve also helped each other through it.
“We’re all absolutely distraught, absolutely devastated. We’re all shocked, we can’t believe it.
“He was beautiful, a little monkey, so mischeavous. We strongly miss him and he will never be forgotten.
“He had such a beautiful smile and he was the most gorgeous child ever.
“He was such a daddy’s boy and his face lit up every time he saw any of us.”
Laura said that following the deaths of Logan and Ruby, who was found unresponsive in her moses basket, she was also worried about the health of her four-year-old nephew Connor.
She said: “I’m a bit panicked in case it’s anything to do with my genes. I just want that test to come back.”
Laura’s sister and Connor’s mother Michaela Gray, 22, said that the little boy had already been affected by the tragedy.
Michaela said: “In ways Connor does understand. I don’t know if he understands the full extent of it, but I think he knows that Logan’s not coming back.”
A church service for Logan will be held at St Annes Church on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 2.00pm. Flowers are welcome.
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