natural / undetermined causes

  • My son died in his sleep March 16, 2011. Today I finally got the "cause" from the coroner. Natural / Undetermined causes. He was 27 years old. He had diabetes. There was no mention of high blood sugar, no stress, no fever, he just didn't wake up. I thought there would be a REASON my son died. Was I living in a dream world? TV land? The first thing that people ask after any death was "what did (they) die of?" I've never heard anyone say "I don't know." I have more questions now than I did 5 months ago. I was told to wait for the report....why?????



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  • Penne, my son also died in his sleep. He passed away on April 9, 2011 at the age of 25. It took the coroner over 2 months to tell us what happened and then another month to get the report. He had Dilated Cardiomyopathy. We never knew he was suffereing with this. I knew he had not been feeling well and had told him many times that week to please go to the doctor. But at 25 he just kept saying between work and going to school, he was just tired and over doing it. When we were finally able to go into his room, he had his insurance card on top of his wallet as if he had decided to finally go to the doctor. It was heartbreaking! Dealing with the anger and sadness gets more difficult as time goes by. I hope you get some answers soon so it can bring you closure. Someone needs to find out what happened with your son.....and I would definitely pushing them for more answers. If you ever need to talk, please let me know. Leslie

  • Thank you Leslie

  • I had a similar situation with my son, Jimmy. He died while away at college. He was alone in his apartment (Roomate away). Unfortunately he was not found for three days. They did the autopsy before the Police contact his faamily. They immediately ruled out foul play... but I was told it would be weeks (it took over16 weeks) to go over the results. When I finally reached the Medical Examiner... He initially told me the same thing... 'Undetermined Cause'. Since the Coroner NEVER contacted me directly...(Until I called him)... He had NO idea my son had been suffering from Epilespy for years. I had to send him dozens of medical records to support this. Once he had this infomation he went back and determined... 'Status Epileptus' (Non-stop seizure due to a history of Epilepsy.

    I discovered... As a Parent you have to CHAMPION your children in death as well as in Life.

    My advice is to pursue it! Good Luck & God Bless!

  • My son Michael also passed away from natural causes.He had Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndrome also cardiomyopathy.We had no idea he was sick with this.He just started college August 7th he moved to Indianapolis to attend IUPUI.He came home October 15th for fall break and to celabrate his 20th birthday.We had a family/friend birthday party for him on his birthday and he went to sleep at midnight oct 17th.At 3am his girlfriend woke us to say he was breathing funny.We started CPR and called 911 he passed away at the hospital.We are all heartbroken.A piece of my heart and soul left with him that night.I will never be or feel the same and i hate this new life without my son.Hugs and love to all of you.♥

  • Dawn, you are SO right in that we have to CHAMPION our children. Our situation seems to be a hereditary genetic mutation. My ex husband (tony's dad) has had cardiomyopathy since he was 36. My son had an arrythmia but an ablation cleared that up. Not realizing how hereditary this problem is I thought he was "Cured". After Tony passed away my ex husband and I immediately had our other son evaluated, as well as my ex's son from his second marriage. I then started doing research and found a study at the University of Miami on Familial Cardiomyopathy. I called them and request our family to be in the study. I am hoping and praying we can determine which gene that is causing this. Linda we should talk further if you'd lilke to know about the study. But I would definitely do a family medical history if you haven't already. I can relate so much with you about being heartbroken. I went to my psych today and she asked me how I was doing. I told her I honestly wasn't sure how to answer that. I could not say I was ok, or doing better. What does that mean anyway? I will never be ok, I will never be better and I will never be the same. But I have 2 other children I need to love and be here for. I am doing my best.....that's all I can do or say. And you are right Linda......I hate this "new" life or "new" normal. I am changed forever because I miss my sweet Tony.

  • Our daughter Echo, died of a sudden acute diaphragmatic hernia, which is essentially a hernia in the diaphragm that happens suddenly for no apparent reason. They don't know why or how, they just know it did. She's perfectly healthy one minute and a couple hours later, she's gone. Took us a long time to finally pin point what actually happened. Her pediatrician actually went through the autopsy with us to help explain what it said and then she and another specialist looked over all the medical documents and gave theories on what could have happened, but mostly they all said "We've never seen something like this. We don't know." It's so hard.