Felixstowe: Town prays for family in mourning for baby son

PRAYERS were being said in Felixstowe today for a family after they lost their baby son despite desperate efforts by paramedics to save his life.

The baby boy died at Ipswich Hospital after being airlifted by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Paramedics were called to reports the seven-week-old was suffering cardiac arrest.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said senior paramedic officers were sent to an address in Elizabeth Way at about 8.50am yesterday.

“Despite strenuous efforts to resuscitate the child, he sadly died,” she said.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Rev Robert Hinsley, priest-in-charge of St John the Baptist with St Edmund’s in Felixstowe, said it would be a “very sad and painful time” for the family.

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“Our prayers are with them at this time,” he said.

“You cannot imagine what the family must be feeling at the moment, what they are going through.

“The loss of a baby has repercussions and will affect not only the baby’s family but also their wider family and friends and also other people who have been through similar circumstances, bringing back painful memories.

“It’s something you never really get over and people have to find a way to get to a place where they can live with the loss and the pain.”

Mr Hinsley said it was important that the family was given space to grieve and help to prepare for the funeral.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said officers were informed of the death, as is standard procedure.

He said there are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest will be opened in due course.

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