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The death of a child could boost the likelihood of the mother dying later on, a new study has revealed.
According to research by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, a mother is 300 per cent more likely to pass away in the 24 months following a child's death, WNDU-TV reports.
Dr William Evans, an economist at Notre Dame, acknowledged that mortality rates are fairly low because the women involved are quite young.
Nevertheless, he said this still represents a big increase "in percentage terms".
"We found fairly large increases in mortality – much larger than you would find for the death of a spouse," he commented.
Dr Evans put this down to the fact the death of a child can be very traumatic, which in turn affects the health of the mother.
The research was based on statistics in the US for 20 to 50-year-old mothers over a nine-year period.
Posted by Carla Mackenzie
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