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A child’s sudden death leads data scientists on a quest for answers

John Kahan and his family with Aaron in October 2003. Aaron passed away two days later of SIDS. (Source: John Kahan)

Last year John Kahan decided he wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

It was an uncharacteristic decision for Kahan, a native New Yorker who says his usual idea of roughing it is “staying at a Courtyard by Marriott,” but it hearkened back to the saddest day of his life.

The timing corresponded with what would have been the 13th birthday of his son Aaron Matthew, who had died hours after birth of what’s become known as SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Medically speaking, there was no explanation for his death, even after an autopsy.

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