The family of a 22-month-old baby has been left devastated after their “really healthy boy” suddenly died the next morning before he was put to sleep. Raphaël Labrousse-Stanyon, who “loved cuddles with his little sister” and playing with his older brother, died at his home in Southport on June 1.
Parents Nicola Stanyon, and Xavier Labrousse put him to bed “as normal” on May 31, but tragically, the next morning he had died.
Describing him as a “gorgeous little boy”, his mother Nicola told Liverpool Echo: “He was 22 months old. He was a gorgeous little boy, really energetic and really healthy.
“He had a great relationship with his (older) brother and six-week old sister. He threw himself into anything and everything.”
“I’ve never known a child smile so much. He was so happy. He’d fall over and bang his head and he would get up and smile, he was so happy.
“His big brother was his best friend and partner in crime. And he loved cuddles with his little sister.
“He loved dinosaurs, he was obsessed with them and he loved eating cake, he loved going the café and he loved singing and dancing.
“We’ve had a lot of support, especially from Alder Hey, they’ve been brilliant, the Snowdrops team have been great.”
Raphaël, who was born on July 9, 2021, was rushed to Southport Hospital where he was pronounced dead before being transferred to Alder Hey to allow his family the chance to say goodbye.
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Post-mortem results have come back inconclusive but investigations by the coroner are ongoing.
The young boy will be greatly missed by his mother Nicola, dad Xavier, big brother Lionel, little sister.
His mother added: “It’s only just happened so we know so little. He is so missed by us and his family. We miss who you were and who you were going to be.”
According to the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) charity, SUDC is the sudden and unexpected death of a child between one and 18 years of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation is conducted.
Co-founded by three bereaved mothers, SUDC UK aims to help make SUDC predictable and preventable by raising awareness and funding crucial research.
More information about the charity can be found here.