In their darkest hour, Byesville parents decide to donate son's organs, tissue

Daily Jeffersonian | Judie Perkowski

Carol and Tim Perez with their children, Kolton, age 5, and 10-month-old Paisley. Kolton is holding a...

BYESVILLE -- Rylan Kole Perez, born Nov. 1, 2012, was the second son of Byesville residents Carol and Tim Perez. He was a typical "bouncin' baby boy." He was a joy to his family, especially two-year-old Kolton, who loved being around his baby brother.

From the day he became part of the Perez family, until his sudden death on March 20, 2013, "Rylan was the happiest baby you ever met," said Rylan's mother, Carol. "He brought a smile to everyone's face."

According to Rylan's parents, he was a healthy baby. His only illness was minor colds and ear infections. But, on March 20, 2013, he passed away unexpectedly. Doctors said it was SIDS -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome -- also known as crib death, the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history.

About 1,500 infants died of SIDS in 2013. Doctors know little more about SIDS, than they did in the early 1960s when SIDS was named as the cause of unexplained death of a young child. Continue reading