Healthy girl died visiting hospital

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A “PERFECTLY healthy” little girl was pretending she was a ballerina just seconds before she collapsed and died in a lift at Pinderfields Hospital, an inquest heard.

Whitney Caves, three, died when she was visiting her cousin with family on October 22 last year.

The hearing was told that Whitney had been her usual healthy and bubbly self on the day she died.

The youngster had lived with her mother Jodie Caves at the home of her grandparents, Joanne and Gavin Caves, on Haldane Crescent, Eastmoor.

A police statement said Whitney had gone with her grandparents to the hospital to visit her cousin.

She had been pretending to be a ballerina on the bar in the lift when she suddenly collapsed and died, despite almost immediate attempts to resuscitate her.

Dr Marta Cohen, who carried out a postmortem, said Whitney had died from sudden death syndrome.

Dr Cohen said : “We found the cause of death to be sudden, unexplained death syndrome in a child. We do not know the cause of it.”

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, coroner David Hinchcliff said: “Whitney was a normal, healthy, well-nourished and bubbly little girl.

“There was nothing you could have done to have made things happen differently.”

The family is arranging a sponsored walk in Whitney’s memory.