FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2011
Washington, D.C – Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in an effort to raise awareness about stillbirth and Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths, both urgent public health concerns, Monday will renew efforts to prevent these deaths through research and raising awareness in parents and doctors. There are more than 4,600 Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths each year and another 200 children between the ages 1 and 4 die without any obvious cause. Additional tragedies could be prevented if there were a better understanding of the deaths.
Lautenberg and Pallone will be joined by parents who have experienced a loss due to a sudden unexplained infant death as well as leaders in the medical profession from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the SIDS Center of New Jersey who are on the forefront of preventing these deaths in children. Pallone and Lautenberg will introduce legislation to expand data collection efforts, expand support services for families and create a national database to track the circumstances surrounding these deaths.
WHO: Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. along with:
- Dr. Peter Amenta, Dean of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- Steve Jones CEO and President of RWJUH
- Christina Liberatore a mom from Middletown who lost her 4th child unexpectedly
- Laura Crandall Sudden Unexpected Death in Children (SUDC) program Director
- Joel and Susan Hollander SIDS parents who founded the CJ Foundation for SIDS following the death of their third child
- Dr. Thomas Hegyi Co-Director of the SIDS Center of NJ
WHEN: 11:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14th, 2011
WHERE: Room 3101 at the Child Health Institute, RWJ Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ