A 5-year-old boy tragically died in his parents’ arms three days after swallowing a notice board pin.
Kyle Lewis’ grieving parents said their final farewell to him in Rotherham General only days after they celebrated his fifth birthday.
“I can’t even explain how I feel. I’m broken beyond words. It doesn’t feel real. I don’t want it to feel real,” Kyle’s mother, Emma Lewis, said.
“They kept him on life support until we were ready to say goodbye,” Mrs. Lewis continued. “But you’re never ready are you?”
After suffering seizures, a scan revealed that up to 95 percent of Kyle’s brain had been damaged after he swallowed the pin.
A GoFundMe page set up to help cover his funeral expenses read: “To make things a little easier a few of us wanted to set up this to help give him the best send off possible no parent should have to bury [their] child and have to struggle to find the money to do so.”
Speaking to The Star, the grieving mother said: “After that funeral, I can’t go cuddle him anymore. When he was in the chapel I would go two or three times a week.
“I would move him up on the bed and I was laying with him, talking to him. It’s destroyed me. People tell me to be strong, it’s not as easy as that. I’ve lost my boy and I can’t think of anything apart from him at the minute.
“It’s like I don’t know how to grieve. I don’t know how to feel, I don’t know what to think, I don’t know how to act. I feel like a robot. It broke my heart, but he’s still my boy.”
Mrs. Lewis described his son as “the double of his father,” adding that he was cheeky and sneaky at the same time.
“He loved dinosaurs. We’ve said instead of him growing his angel wings, he’s grown his dinosaur wings.”
The family made personalized T-shirts with a picture of Kyle and a blue heart on the front. It also has a picture of a t-rex and ‘Kyle-saurus’ written on the back.
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