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Parents left with few answers after infant dies

Seven-month-old Caius Sibbald Pratch died in his sleep on April 9, 2017. His cause of death is unknown.
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April 19, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA - A local family is grieving the completely unexpected and so far unexplained death of their infant son.

Caius Sibbald Pratch went to sleep just like every other night on Apr. 8 and never woke up.

“He was the best person I’ve ever met, and he was only seven months old,” Clint Pratch, Caius’ father says. “Everyone wanted to see him, not just because he was very cute, but because he had this joyous way about him.”

The exact cause of the death is unknown. He was a healthy and happy baby, known as "the bright light" for his infectious nature, Pratch says.

“We woke up and he was gone," he said. "We tried to revive him and couldn’t.”

The coroner could only say the death was related to sudden infant death syndrome, however the exact cause of death is unknown.

“The fact of what took him doesn't really matter, he went in peace. I'd just hate for someone to go through what we're going through now. The biggest thing we know is that he wasn’t in pain and it wasn’t anyone’s fault.”

A gofundme page has been started in support of the family to help with costs of the celebration of life.

“Once we find out what happened we’re going to start fundraising and using that money to fight and raise awareness and hopefully find a cure for whatever this was,” Pratch says. “We don’t want anyone else to have to deal with this.”

As of today, April 19, just over $19,500 has been raised.

Pratch says he is very thankful for the outpouring of support through this difficult time.

“Whether through donations, or a kind word or a hug, every little bit does help.”

— This story was updated at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 to remove some quotes and details. 

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