When a Child Dies

Child Death Statistics

"Statistics are people with the tears wiped away."*

Perhaps there's no greater example of this than in the case of child deaths. The numbers reveal important truths about why and how children die in the United States, and how the causes change depending on race, age and gender. Below are the leading causes of death for children in 2009.

*Variations of this quote have been attributed to several sources.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Report - "Deaths: Leading Causes for 2009" (PDF)