A couple have spoken of their trauma after losing their precious 15-month-old daughter, two years after their young son died in horrifically similar circumstances.
It is a devastating double tragedy for parents Lisa and Jonathen Kemp, who lost their toddler son Simon in 2018.
The heartbroken pair paid a touching tribute to Chloe Rose Kemp, who they say was their “little princess” who helped rebuild their lives.
CornwallLive report that the inquest into Chloe’s death heard that she was found unresponsive in her cot at the family’s home in Bodmin, Cornwall, on July 15, 2020.
Their son died in his sleep less than two years before the second tragedy.
They says they have lost their “shining light of hope and happiness” following an inquest into her death held at Cornwall Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.
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In a statement, Lisa and Jonathen said Chloe had transformed their lives amid the grief of losing little Simon two years before.
They said: “Our little girl was a delight to be around. She lit up the room, made everyone smile and was our little princess and was the shining light of hope and happiness in the middle of a very dark time for us.
“She showed us it was possible to live again after heartbreak.”
Lisa had been out delivering parcels with her brother when she received a phone call from Jonathen who told her Chloe had “done a Simon” and stopped breathing. Lisa dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance before heading back to the family home.
Attending paramedic Brian Adamson said Chloe had suffered a cardiac arrest. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, she was sadly pronounced dead at 3.50pm.
Russell Delaney completed the post-mortem investigation into Chloe’s death, with a number of tests undertaken to determine what happened. However, Dr Delaney said a full post-mortem examination was unable to define the cause of death.
But he said Chloe was too old to be affected by sudden infant death syndrome.
He mentioned Chloe’s room was described as “sweltering” but said there was “no clear pathological findings to confirm death due to overheating”.
Detective Constable Simon Miller said: “Tragically the family suffered a previous death of a child, Simon Kemp, who died on Thursday, June 7 in 2018. His death was established as viral myocarditis.”
He said following a review of both witness evidence and the post-mortem report “no derivative cause of death was discovered”.
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The coroner, Andrew Cox, said: “I’m going to record the medical cause of death as unascertained.
“Chloe was a 15-month-old infant who was found unresponsive in her cot at her home in Bodmin on the 15 July 2020. Efforts to resuscitate her were sadly unsuccessful.
“Subsequent investigations into the cause of death have not identified a relevant cause of death.
“Given the evidence does not further the means by which the cause of death rose I think the appropriate conclusion for me to record today is an open conclusion and that’s what I will do.”
He added: “Mr and Mrs Kemp, I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this must be for you. I’m desperately sorry we have met in these circumstances and I would like to repeat my condolences.”
The Kemps’ 19-month-old son Simon passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in 2018 due to myocarditis after they discovered he had stopped breathing in bed one evening.
Cornwall coroner Emma Carlyon said the evidence showed Simon had no apparent symptoms, his vaccinations were up to date and he was otherwise a normal healthy toddler.