A mum is devastated after she woke up on the morning of her 30th birthday to find her baby daughter dead in her bed.
Elle Wilkinson found her one-year-old Lola lying face down at their home in Sydney, Australia, on June 17.
Ms Wilkinson’s friend Chloe told Yahoo News Australia the mum of two had been getting ready for the day when she realised Lola, who was just 12 days away from her second birthday, was sleeping later than usual.
She called for her daughter several times before going into her room and finding her face down with vomit on the bed beside her, the friend said.
Chloe said the now distraught Ms Wilkinson picked her daughter up and saw the colour of her skin was different.
Her son Ruben, eight, ran for help and neighbours tried in vain to save Lola using CPR.
Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene – leaving the young family “broken with no words”, according to the friend.
Chloe said Ms Wilkinson was still traumatised and unable to talk about her devastating loss.
“Elle isn’t very good, she can’t talk about it. She’s very, very traumatised,” she said.
Ruben is feeling “lost and confused” and is staying with his dad while Ms Wilkinson has booked into a hotel to recuperate.
Chloe said herself, Ms Wilkinson, Ruben and Lola had gone to the park the day before the toddler died.
“She was happy and healthy and running around the park,” she said.
She told Yahoo News that Lola didn’t appear unwell or irritable and had eaten all her dinner the night before she died.
It’s not yet known what caused the youngster’s sudden death but a lesion found on her lung has been sent off for testing.
Chloe set up a GoFundMe to help the family find a new home as the pair don’t want to return to the house where Lola died.
On the page, Chloe writes: “Beautiful Lola lived a life full of happiness and love. We are still awaiting answers on Lola’s passing.
“Our hearts are beyond broken with no words to describe this terrible situation. Elle has lost her beautiful baby girl and Ruben is missing his only sibling Lola.”
So far the appeal has raised more $18,000 of its $20,000 target.