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Infant dies of cardiac arrest after breathing stops during nap

STANFORD -- A 4-month-old infant died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, Jan. 19, after he was discovered not breathing during a nap at the Arboretum Children's Center on the Stanford University campus.

The child, Zachary Kung, is the son of Stanford medical student Andrew Li-jen Kung and his wife, Cinthia. The exact cause of death will be determined after the coroner's examination.

The infant was napping in a crib when at about 12:40 p.m. child-care center personnel found he had stopped breathing. A doctor, who is the parent of another child at the center, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and center personnel called paramedics. The infant was taken to the Stanford University Hospital emergency room, where further efforts to revive him failed, and he was pronounced dead at 1:18 p.m.

The Arboretum Children's Center opened in 1988 and is operated by an independent, non-profit board made up of parents of children who attend the center and representatives of Stanford, Stanford University Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital. It serves campus students and employees by providing daytime care for about 150 children, from 2 months to 5 years old.



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