Bereaved father, Microsoft data scientists crunch numbers to combat infant deaths


Spurred by a colleague’s family tragedy, a Microsoft team deployed analysis and data visualization tools and found promising leads in combating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Seattle Children’s Hospital is partnering with Microsoft to further the research.

John Kahan has a poignant photo in his office at Microsoft, where he oversees customer data and analytics. The image shows Kahan, his wife and three daughters celebrating the birth of a boy, his reddish-blond hair hidden by a hat.

A few hours after the photo was taken, Kahan received a phone call he still has trouble recounting without choking up: his baby son, Aaron, had stopped breathing. A few days later he died with no explanation, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Last year, with the 13th anniversary of Aaron’s death approaching, Kahan resolved to honor what would have been his only son’s bar…



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