A 19 month old baby suffocated to death in a parked car in Abu Dhabi on Thursday according to Gulf News. The tragic story was confirmed by Police who simply said that an Emirati couple lost their 19-month-old baby after they allegedly left her in their family vehicle parked in the sun.
It is the third appalling case of a toddler dying in a back of a family car in the space of two years. On July 2012, a three-year-old Emirati boy died after his family forgot him in the car for almost four hours in front of their house in Kalba.
A few days later a five-year-old Emirati girl died in the evening after her grandmother forgot her in the car for almost two hours while she was visiting a friend in Umm Al Quwain.
The most recent tragedy took place last week and was reported to authorities at 9:30pm the same day. The cause of death is reported to be suffocation and heat fatigue. The body of the child has been moved to the Al Ruwais Hospital and investigations are on going to find out the details of the event.
Authorities in the UAE have urged parents should take utmost care of their children to prevent such tragic incidents. They warned that temperatures inside a car can be as much as 26 degrees higher than outside. During the two tragic cases in the summer of 2012 a doctor warned that “death due to suffocation or lack of oxygen inside a car can happen in any climate, even during winter. But in this part of the world, cases like this occur mostly during summer months,” Dr Kassim Rawther, a physican who specialises in internal medicine at Aster Medical Centre, told Gulf News.
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