Saturday, October 24

Aaron William Samuel

Aaron William Samuel was stillborn in the early hours of Monday the 19th October, after 37 weeks gestation.

Named after his paternal grandfather Ralph Aaron Samuel and great grandfather Aaron Tischler (Ron) and maternal great grandfather William Meade (Bill), we had decided on the name a few months ago, after the CVS test revealed the gender to us and said his chromosomes were normal. William was a family name used amongst a number of generations in Karen's grandmothers family and Aaron was also the biblical brother to Miriam.

We noticed that Aaron had stopped kicking on Sunday evening, and when cold water and cold milk had not coaxed him to kick, we promptly went into Frances Perry House, where the CTG could not pick up a heart beat.

An ultrasound and CTG during the week had both been normal, and Karen had been well throughout the entire pregnancy.

Karen's obstetrician was there promptly and an emergency c-section was performed with Karen under general anesthetic.

Aaron never took a breath. Resuscitation was attempted first by the team performing the c-section, followed by the team that responded to the pediatric code blue call from the Royal Womens hospital, but his heart was not beating.

It is believed that the most likely cause was that Aaron had a heart attack, though no certain cause of death has been determined (and is unlikely to be ever be determined).

Sudden cardiac death in utero is a rare documented phenomenon that can occur in any pregnancy, but is slightly more common in diabetic pregnancies.
One further theory is that we have significant cardiac history on both sides of the family and that this could also be a contributing factor. No genetic testing would currently be able to pick this up.

Although there are always risks with pregnancy, and we knew that we were of higher risk, there was nothing at all to indicate that anything was wrong ahead of time.

A small private funeral was held on Wednesday.

Karen is recovering well and Miriam is helping us with her cheeky grin and big hugs.

We thank everyone for your love and support at this time.