Tributes to little Sowerby Bridge girl who was “full of smiles”

Aizah Alvi

Aizah Alvi

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THE devastated family of this beautiful little girl have paid tribute to the tot who was “full of smiles”.

Aizah Alvi died from sudden infant death syndrome at her family’s home in Sowerby Bridge when she was just five months old.

Her heartbroken mother Safia Hussain said: “She was so happy and content and full of smiles.

“We’ll miss her for the rest of our lives.”

She said the number of smiles Aizah gave in her five months were enough for most people’s lifetimes.

Sudden infant death syndrome, also known as cot death, is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently-well infant.

In the UK, at least 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year.

Aizah was born on July 25 last year and had been a healthy baby apart from a chest infection which she had been treated for.

When they discovered her unresponsive, Mrs Hussain and her husband Ammad Alvi rushed the little girl to hospital but she could not be saved.

A coroner recorded that she died from natural causes.

Mrs Hussain said her family have around 300 pictures of Aizah because they tried to capture every moment they could with her.

“It makes you realise just how delicate life is,” she said, “How someone can be healthy one day, and gone the next.”

She was also adored by her two-year-old sister, Ameliya.

“She really misses her,” said Mrs Hussain.

“She’s old enough to understand she’s not here but not to understand the concept of death, She will say we should go look for her, it’s been a long time.

“I can’t really describe in words what it’s been like. We’ve had a lot of support from family, friends and people we work with.

“I still can’t put her clothes away, they’re still there.

“At the beginning, at the supermarket I would still look at the things I would buy for her.

“Life goes on but my heart is broken into a million pieces.”

She said she and her husband had followed all the health professionals advice they were given.

She added the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths have been a great source of support. The charity runs a helpline manned late into the night and at bank holidays so people can talk.

Her health visitor has also been very supportive.

For more information about the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths visit www.fsid.org.uk or call the free helpline on 0808 8026868.