London: Losing a child is quite devastating for any parent, but the bereavement could send a mother`s risk of an early death soaring, a new research has claimed. A team of US researchers found that there was a 133 per cent increase in the risk of a mother dying in the two years following the loss of a son or daughter. The researchers, led by William Evans of the University of Notre Dame and Javier Espinosa of the Rochester Institute of Technology, studied 69,224 mothers aged 20 to 50 for nine years, tracking the mortality of children even after they had left home. They found that the heightened mortality within the first two years following the death of a child occurs regardless of the age of the child at the time of death. Moreover, the risk was not reduced by household income, a mother`s education, the family size or the cause of the child`s death. The scientists, however, said there were not enough cases to make any definitive conclusions as to what caused the maternal deaths, the Daily Mail reported. In the study, the team followed women who are married (84 per cent), white (87 per cent) and non-Hispanic (91 per cent). Slightly more than half the mothers were between the ages of 20 and 34.
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