Heartbroken mother reveals she ‘fell to her knees’ when she found her nine-month-old son dead with the ties from his cot’s bumper ‘wrapped around his neck’
- Lisa Gee, 32, from Leicestershire, found son Preston Brian dead in cot in 2013
- Mother-of-two claims when found him ‘bumper was wrapped around his neck’
- Has since dedicated life to raising awareness about the dangers of cot bumpers
A grieving mother has recalled the moment she ‘fell to her knees’ after she says she found her nine-month-old baby dead in his cot after being entangled by the bed’s bumper.
Lisa Marie Gee, 32, from Leicestershire, told how after her partner Cuchulain Brian made the devastating discovery, she ‘screamed and screamed’ as she called 999 – despite knowing there was nothing that could done to save her beloved son, Preston Brian.
In a candid Facebook post, she penned: ‘I fell to my knees and felt like I’d died the most painful death.
‘He’d (Lisa’s partner) gone to get Preston up, he thought he was asleep so he tried to pick him up but couldn’t and that’s when he realised his bumper was wrapped around his neck, he unwrapped it twice.
‘It was secure, knotted three times, so secure it had to be cut off with scissors, the tie that snapped still remained on his cot.’
Lisa Marie, 32, from Leicestershire, has spoken of the moment she ‘fell to her knees’ after she says she found son Preston Brian, nine-months-old dead in his cot after being entangled by the bed’s bumper
Speaking of the moment she made the devastating discovery, Lisa : ‘I fell to my knees and felt like I’d died the most painful death. Pictured with partner, Cuchulain Brian
Preston Brian was found with his cot bumper ‘wrapped around his neck’ back in September 2013.
An inquest later concluded there was no evidence that a ‘loose’ bumper led to his passing and recorded a verdict of ‘sudden death in infancy’ – a ruling which the parents reportedly do not accept.
‘I screamed, screamed like I’d never screamed before and ran down the stairs still screaming and grabbed the phone from the dock at the bottom and dialled 999,’ Lisa said, speaking to Bristol Live.
‘When the operator answered everything was in slow motion and she was asking what service I needed. I was confused so I screamed “all of them, please help me, my baby is dead.”
Since Preston’s tragic death, the heartbroken mother has dedicated her life to raising awareness and warning other parents about the dangers of cot bumpers.
When she got to the hospital following the discovery, Lisa told how she bent down and stroked her little boy’s head.
Preston Brian’s (pictured) parents claim that when they found their son’s bumper was wrapped around his neck, he unwrapped it twice
She heartbreakingly told how she begged him to wake up but could feel the ‘life that was inside of him was gone.’
It was that night that Lisa vowed to a friend she would ensure some good would come from such a tragedy – and later that night after typing ‘cot bumper deaths,’ she was shocked to discover there were loads.
Lisa has since gone on to make a Facebook page called ‘Justice for Preston’ after becoming increasingly concerned there were bumpers on cots all around the world.
Now, six years after Preston’s death, advice and laws have been changed.
Speaking to The Mirror, the mother-of-two explained: ‘Although we are extremely happy with the changes that have been made since Preston’s death regarding introducing cot bumpers into current safe sleep advice and the update to safety laws across Europe, our original goal hasn’t changed.
‘We will still be pushing for a ban once we have drummed up enough support to get a petition to meet the 100,000 requirement.’
She went on to say that after gaining an increasing amount of support day-to-day, it won’t be long until the couple can try again to ban cot bumpers one and for all.
‘If it takes until my last breath to make sure this doesn’t keep happening then that’s what it will have to be,’ she added.
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