My healthy child went to sleep and never woke up'
PUBLISHED: 10:50 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:04 25 August 2010
A BUBBLY toddler died suddenly from natural causes in a case that has baffled medical science.
A 'BUBBLY' toddler died suddenly from natural causes in a case that has baffled medical science.
Two-year-old Rubie Tyler Hancock was found dead at her home in Am-pleforth Road, Abbeywood, by mum Lea-nne Tyler, 22, on Decem-ber 29 last year, an inq-uest heard at Southwark Coroner's Court last Wednesday.
Sudden Infant Death Syn-drome (SI-DS) was rul-ed out and leading pathologist Dr Michael Ashworth was forced to concede he could find no answers.
Mrs Tyler told the court: "Up until that happened she was fine.
" I last saw her at about 3am, and I gave her a drink. She said 'Good night, mummy', and went back to sleep. Rubie was my alarm clock.
"She used to come in and wake me up, or she would cry. But that day she didn't and I ended up sleeping till about two in the afternoon.
"When I woke up I went to see her, and she was in the same position as when I left her."
Paramedics rushed her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, but doctors were unable to resuscitate her.
The inquest heard that SIDS- also known as cot death - usually affects much younger children than Rubie.
Pathologist Dr Michael Ashworth, who carried out the post mortem, said: "She was well nourished, appropriately grown for her age and there was no obvious cause of death.
"There was no pneumonia. There was nothing wrong with the brain. I don't have a satisfactory explanation."
Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Tyler said: "Rubie was bubbly, outgoing, talkative and playful. Imagine a two-year-old who loved to eat sweets.
"She was just the perfect child. I never had to tell her off. It is like I lost my best friend. I used to take her everywhere. I don't think we will ever celebrate Christmas again."
Mrs Tyler said she took Rubie to see her GP just before she died as she believed there was something wrong with her, but said her GP told her she worried too much.
She said: "No healthy child goes to sleep and then never wakes up again."
Mrs Tyler, and husband Nicholas Hancock, 21, a painter and decorator, have one other child, daughter Kacie-Lee, now four and her mother admits she now 'wraps her up in cotton wool'.
She said: "Rubie and Kacie-Lee were like twins. They shared a bedroom and used to wear the same clothes."
Recording a verdict of natural causes, Coroner Dr Roy Palmer said: "I'm awfully sorry but it is sometimes the case that we search for and don't find an answer, and are just puzzled.