There is nothing stronger than a bereaved mom who is able to get out of bed and face a new day without their child alive.
Anyone who knows Dr. Denise Wunderler knows she hits the ground running every morning. She is a one woman army on a mission to raise awareness for SUDC by sharing her family's personal tragedy, with the hope to save children's lives.
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Dr. Wunderler met Dr Barbara Ross-Lee, who happens to be the sister of Diana Ross. Wunderler was able to share Vienna's story and also gave Dr. Ross a Vienna Rose. Each Vienna Rose comes with a special card with a picture of then two year old Vienna smiling radiantly. The card asks the bearer of the rose to smile and keep the flower or pass it on in Vienna's memory.
On Nov, 12, 2017, the Holmdel family of Vienna Savino, began the unbearable journey that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Their healthy, sweet Vienna, was 2 years old when she fell asleep while watching television at their home in Holmdel, NJ. Vienna never woke up.
After a thorough investigation, including an autopsy, death scene investigation, medical record review, and genetic studies, no cause of death was found. Her death was categorized as SUDC- Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.
Vienna's parents, Denise and Mike are both physicians, and had never heard of SUDC until after their daughter Vienna died. With Vienna's family’s 501c3 nonprofit Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness, Inc., the family wants to change the lack of awareness and education about SUDC. Vienna's mommy Denise Wunderler comments, "We want to change that, so other families may be spared a devastating tragedy such as ours."
Team Vienna 4 SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood) Awareness, Inc (501c3 nonprofit)