BOSTON – On October 22, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health alongside her constituent Sameer Sabir of Arlington, parent advocate Deborah Eappen, and Dr. Robert Sege in favor of legislation that would promote public safety and certainty related to child deaths. Friedman filed the bill on behalf of Mr. Sabir after hearing about the tragic death of his young child and the strain it caused his family.
“Pediatric deaths are different and more complex than adult deaths, and should be reviewed by a medical examiner with considerable experience,” Friedman explained. “Ensuring that the Chief Medical Examiner determines the cause of death will create a more transparent process and bring a sense of certainty and solace to grieving families experiencing an unimaginable loss. This is a commonsense step we must take to help parents like Mr. Sabir cope with the loss of their child, and I look forward to advocating for this important initiative throughout this session.”