5 Years Old Boy, Died From Sleep Apnea

by Linda Franklin
(Ashville, AL)

Our precious 5 year old angel, Christian Mathew Tallent. Sweetest little boy you will ever know died from sleep apnea and pneumonia in his sleep September 25, 2013. His daddy performed CPR and officers and paramedics continued to no avail. He was gone.

He often sat up at night to sleep, would sleep during the day. Just fall asleep while watching TV or playing a game.
I would always ask is he was alright, and he would always say "I'm fine Nanna, I'm fine."

He had many checkup but they never found anything wrong. Yet when he died they found his breathing problem.
The doctors say the sleep apnea contributed by his weight, and the fact that he was so big through the neck and chest area, contributed to the pneumonia and then he aspirated during the night.

A very beautiful little boy who is loved and missed everyday.

I remember when I got the news he was gone. I fell to my knees and cried out to God. I told God to take me instead. We do not get to make these decisions which are part of God's plan. What I do know is the world is lost for not knowing this precious sweet little boy.


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I'm very sorry to hear about your loss
by: Remy

Nothing is more tragic than losing your child.
The world turns upside down after this moment. And then you realize...love is the only thing that matters in this life.

But maybe is just my realization...

Thank you for sharing your story to the world. People have to know the dangers of sleep apnea before it's too late.

I have no words to express your loss. My heart is broken.

Please know that I am thinking about you. Some words for his daddy: "You are very brave!"

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