A CORONER has told the parents of an eight-month-old baby there was “nothing they could have done” to save his life.
An inquest held at Blackpool Coroners’ Court heard Mason Mahmood died in unexplained circumstances at his family’s home on Weeton Road, Wesham, on March 28 last year.
In delivering an open verdict before Mason’s parents, Anthony Mahmood and Rebecca McCracken, Blackpool and Fylde coroner Anne Hind said she could not determine why he had died.
During the inquest, a tearful Ms McCracken recalled the moments after Mason was found lying unresponsive in his cot by his grandfather after he had been put to bed as normal earlier in the day.
She said: “We did everything we thought right.
“There was nothing different to that day than to any other day.”
Delivering her verdict, Mrs Hind said: “(Coroners) all feel we have an enormous responsibility because these babies can’t speak for themselves and coroners are sometimes referred to as advocates for the dead.
“The short answer is there’s nothing you can do and it’s just one of those sad facts of life.
“He was a much wanted a much loved child, I know this has been devastating.
“It’s just a sad situation that we will never know.
“The tendency of the last several years has been against using the phrase ‘cot death’.”
Ms McCracken is due to give birth to a new baby this week, and Mrs Hind wished the couple well for the future.
She said: “You have other beautiful children, concentrate on the positive aspect of that.
“Life can play very unkind tricks, but I suppose in time he’ll be a lovely memory for you. My very best wishes for your new arrival.”