An autopsy was performed yesterday, Wednesday, by resident pathlogist Dr. Adrian Nuniez, who concluded that the cause of death was due to Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS).
Respiratory distress syndrome is a breathing disorder that affects newborns. RDS rarely occurs in full-term infants. The disorder is more common in premature infants born about 6 weeks or more before their due dates.
RDS is more common in premature infants because their lungs aren’t able to make enough surfactant. Surfactant is a liquid that coats the inside of the lungs. It helps keep them open so that infants can breathe in air once they’re born.
Without enough surfactant, the lungs collapse and the infant has to work hard to breathe. He or she might not be able to breathe in enough oxygen to support the body’s organs. The lack of oxygen can damage the baby’s brain and other organs if proper treatment isn’t given.
On Saturday, 1st August 2015, about 6:28 am police at the Cayon Police Station was informed of the death of the 18-month-old boy. The Police said they responded and carried out investigations, and the district medical officer was summon to the scene and pronounced the child dead. The parents of the child, Shadrack Johnson and Vercia Allen were present.
Initial police investigations revealed that about 11:45 pm on Friday, 31st July 2015, R’Quandro Ahmie Stephantre Vantaye Allen was lying in the bed sleeping, and on the following day (Saturday, 1st August 2015) about 6:30 am his body was discovered “cold and lifeless”.