REPORTS of sudden nonviolent death due to carditis in childhood are infrequent. Hence the following case is considered worthy of reporting. In this case the death was thought to be due to carditis of rheumatic origin.
REPORT OF CASE
A 2 year old girl, apparently well, died suddenly while at home. She was playing with her brother just before lunch and was running to pick up a book but unexpectedly fell. The brother attempted to help her, but she pushed him away. The mother, who was close by, lifted the child and noted that she was stiff and gray but still breathing in gasps. She hurried to the kitchen and attempted to revive the child by placing her under the cold water tap, but she died.There were no significant past illnesses. Three weeks before the child's death two of the four other children had had colds. One week later
GOLD H. SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD DUE TO CARDITIS. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(4):550-555. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030561010