Young parents deal with the tragedy of SIDS

Marlee Rose Corcoran, who died on Monday, October 29 of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Photo: Contributed NO RESALE
Marlee Rose Corcoran, who died on Monday, October 29 of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Photo: Contributed NO RESALE Contributed

YOUNG couple Malachi Corcoran and Bellinda Robbins were just getting used to being parents when tragedy snatched their little girl away.

They bravely share their story below:

It was the warm afternoon of Monday, October 29.

The couple returned to their Waterview Heights home from a morning of shopping and decided to have a sleep.

Malachi and his 10-month-old daughter Marlee lay down in a double bed about 2pm and Bellinda slept in another room.

When Malachi woke up, he thought his daughter was still asleep so he went and had something to eat but when he returned to the bed he realised Marlee was not breathing.

When Malachi picked up his girl it was as if the life had left her body, her previously strong neck unable to support itself.

A frantic call to Triple 0 followed and Bellinda administered CPR with the guidance of emergency operators over the phone.

The couple drove to Grafton Base Hospital as quickly as they could and Marlee was given a dose of adrenalin which initially stimulated her heart.

But any hope of her survival was short lived as the minutes of professional CPR from medical staff turned into well over an hour.

The couple had to make the heart wrenching decision to cease resuscitation efforts.

Sudden infant death syndrome became the official cause of death but the mystery surrounding SIDS offers little comfort to Malachi and Bellinda, who have been receiving professional grief counselling since the loss.

Marlee's body was sent to Sydney where SIDS researchers will try to determine a more detailed cause of death.

"For the first few days I was blaming myself but then I realised that we did nothing wrong; we loved her," Malachi said. "She slept with us for the first four months and only then did she go in a cot."

Malachi thanked the community and Grafton Base Hospital staff.


A FUNERAL service was held for little Marlee Rose at Lawrence Hall yesterday. Her mother Bellinda was raised in the Lawrence area and her family still lives there.

Marlee Rose Corcoran, born on the January 5, 2012 at 1.38 pm, weighing 6lb12oz .

You brought so much joy, love and happiness with you. The day your parents found out you were a girl your daddy's reaction was damn it. He wanted a son, but having you, he wouldn't have wanted it any other way. You were their little angel and their world, their everything.

You have touched the lives of many in the short amount of time you were here with that big smile always on your face and those bright blue eyes. The first thing your mum said when you were born was "she's a ranga" and had a laugh after her 17-hour labour of bringing you into this world.

You have taught your mum and dad what it means to feel real love and experience the blessing of having a family.

You changed your mum and dad's lives so much in the short time you were here, you have made their relationship stronger and made them realise how precious and short life is.

We will always see you as our little angel that came down from heaven to make our lives better. We all feel your loving presence and your beautiful smiling face watching over us.

Until we meet again, our darling baby girl, spread your wings and fly free as a bird.

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