A five-month-old baby who died after being found unresponsive at home tested positive for Covid-19, an inquest heard today.

Konstantin Brundukov of Woodstock Road in Oxford was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital in the early hours on September 7 last year.

He was the youngest of four brothers.

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Konstantin was found by his mother partially through the railings of the bed they were both sleeping in at around 3am.

Paramedics were called and they arrived on the scene within five minutes.

CPR was attempted, but there was nothing that could be done to save Konstantin and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detective constable Leanne Moody of Thames Valley Police told the inquest that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Konstantin’s cause of death was given as sudden unexpected death in infancy and there was no evidence of asphyxiation.

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Paediatric pathologist, Darren Fowler, told Oxford Coroner’s Court that the baby tested positive for Covid-19 and adenovirus in a post-mortem examination.

Adenovirus is a common virus that affects the eyes, airways and lungs but has been known to cause serious illness.

Mr Fowler said: “The presence of two known pathogens is significant here.

“Covid-19 was thought not to affect children so severely but now there have been a number of instances of this.

“There was also another virus and the two could have acted together.”

He explained that it was difficult to pinpoint what exactly happened in the case but there were a number of risk factors that could have contributed to the death.

Mr Fowler told the inquest that co-sleeping and sleeping in an unusual position, coupled with the presence of the viruses were likely factors.

Konstantin’s mother, Jane Brundukova, gave a witness statement that was read out at the inquest.

She said: “At about 10.30pm I woke up and I gave him [Konstantin] some milk from the bottle.

“I checked by phone and went back to sleep. My back was away from Konstantin.

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“At around 3am I went to the lavatory. I couldn’t see Konstantin on the bed.”

Oxfordshire’s head coroner, Darren Salter, ruled the death to be due to natural causes.

He told the court: “Konstantin Brundukova was a five-and-a-half-month-old baby.

“Overnight on September 6 -7 he was sharing a large bed with his mother.

“She discovered him unresponsive at the head of the bed, partially through the railings which form the bed head.

“CPR was commenced and he was taken by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital but was deceased.”